Local Plan Review: councils say thanks for sharing your views

The consultation on the Preferred Options for the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan review has come to an end.

Over the nine-week consultation, which included a week-long extension, the councils received over 900 responses and nearly 1,500 people attended roadshow events.

Over the next few months the councils’ planning policy team will analyse the responses and work up a final draft of the local plan review.

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council portfolio holder for planning, said: “The Preferred Options were put forward in order to meet the future needs of our towns and villages. The feedback we have received by residents, business and organisations in this consultation will be considered against relevant policies and evidence-based research before a draft document is prepared.”

The draft local plan review will be subject to a further round of consultation. Following this, it will be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by a planning inspector.