Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas and Cann Neighbourhood Plan | Get Involved
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Get Involved

If you would like to get involved then

  1. Email your ideas to
  2. Volunteer your time, we need help with everything from data entry through to helping on our steering groups, please get in touch via the contact us page.  
  3. Try our SWOT test (as featured on the HOME page)  What are the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) in this area? Our evolving chart shows you what people have said so far and we invite you to add your suggestions.   Let us know what you think under the four main headings by emailing your suggestions to:-

    ·Hilltop setting & dramatic views (highest town in Dorset, second highest in England)·Unique geology (green sandstone)

    ·Distinguished past history (Alfred & abbey, Castle Hill escarpment, two museums etc)·Medieval market town heritage

    ·Unique High Street (independent shops etc)

    ·Strong arts & crafts tradition (Swans Yard, arts centre, Shafty Fringe etc)• Strong community spirit


    Lack of sufficient free offstreet parking

    Lack of recreational open space

    Lack of infrastructure

    – Lack of school places

    – Lack of medical facilities

    – Lack of local employment

    • Lack of A350 eastern bypass

    • Town divided by Christy’s Lane (A30/A350)

    • Lack of connections east-west

    • Lack of cycleways


    New residents coming into area with new ideas and new energy

    Improvements to town centre to attract both visitors and residents

    Improvements to open spaces and leisure opportunities, cycle trails etc

    Major brown field site for sympathetic exploitation at the cattle market


    Overdevelopment: House-building in excess of supporting infrastructure and community’s ability to adapt and beyond 2031 targets

    New residents from outside area isolated in eastern development without facilities

    Excessive traffic in town centre and along Christy’s Lane

    Climate change threat to ecosystem.