Residents to vote on Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan

Askerswell could have a Neighbourhood Plan if residents give it the go ahead.

Councillors agreed at West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee to go ahead with the referendum on Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan.

A local referendum will take place on Wednesday 21 November 2018, with local residents going to the polls to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the proposals.

The plan was drawn up by local people, and agreed by the Neighbourhood Forum, who felt confident that the plan reflects the hopes and views of the local community.

The plan can be viewed online at

Alternatively, it can also be viewed at West Dorset District Council’s South Walks House Office in Dorchester, or Bridport Town Council offices. The Neighbourhood Forum also intend to ensure copies of these documents are available locally.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011. They aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area. For example the plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built. They can also detail where important green spaces might be protected.

If the plan is supported by the local referendum it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

Cllr Ian Gardner, planning portfolio holder for West Dorset District Council, said: “Residents of Askerswell now have the opportunity to approve the neighbourhood plan for their area, as modified by the independent examiner.

“Residents will need to ensure that they are on the electoral roll if they intend to vote in the November referendum.”

The referendum will be held on 21 November. You have to be registered to vote by Monday 5 November 2018 to vote in the referendum. You can check if you are registered to vote by emailing calling 01305 838299.

Askerswell residents can vote in person at Askerswell Village Hall. The polling station will be open from 7am to 10pm on 21 November 2018.

To vote by post or proxy in this referendum, you will need to have filled in an application form and sent it to Electoral Registration.  Postal and proxy vote application forms are available online at or by contacting the district council.

Applications to vote by post must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 6 November 2018. To vote by proxy, application forms should be received by 5pm on Tuesday 13 November 2018.