West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Joint Local Plan Review extended

Technical problems in an email account have resulted in the ‘Preferred Options’ review of the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Joint Local Plan being extended for a further week until 15 October.

Residents, business and local organisations are being encouraged to share their views in the consultation.

The consultation has been extended due to some technical issues taking place with the email account on the final day of the original consultation period. This meant a number of responses weren’t able to be submitted.

Cllr Ray Nowak, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s briefholder for environment and sustainability, said: “A number of residents have been in contact over the last 24 hours to inform us of the problem and we apologise for any issues that have been experienced. The right thing for us to do is extend the consultation, to allow for these comments to be received.

“We want as many responses to this consultation as possible in order to inform member decision making.”

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “This provides a further opportunity for anyone who may not have found the time to have their say on the ‘Preferred Options’.

“I encourage anyone interested in the future development in the area, to read the proposals and share their views.”

The review has received around 900 responses so far. Following the closure of the consultation at midnight on 15 October, planning policy officers will analyse these responses and work up a final draft of the local plan review.  This revised plan will be consulted on in the future.

Have a look through the proposals set out in our ‘Preferred Options’ document.

Following this, you can send comments through the online consultation form, by email or post.

Online: dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning-policy-consultation

Email: strategic@dorset.gov.uk

Post: South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ