At a meeting of the Full Council (26th February 2019), West Dorset District Council took the decision to make the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan (as modified in accordance with the Examiner’s recommendations) part of the development plan for the Holwell neighbourhood area. The Holwell Neighbourhood Plan along with the Adopted West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Joint Local Plan 2015 is being used by planning officers as the principle documents in which to make their decisions on planning applications in the Holwell area.
The members of the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan steering group were congratulated for their hard work.
The Holwell Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on Thursday 7 February 2019. From an electorate of 302 there was a turnout of 133 (44.04%). The result; votes in favour 109 (81.95%) and votes against 24 (18.05%).
The plan will now proceed to Full Council on 26 February 2019 where a decision will be made on making the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan part of the development plan for the Holwell parish area.
UPDATE 14TH NOVEMBER 2018
We have been advised by WDDC that the Strategy Committee approved our amended plan at their recent meeting and will now be working towards a referendum in early February 2019.
Information of the Neighbourhood Plan can be found on either of the two web sites below
Holwell Parish Council are holding an Extraordinary Parish Council meeting at the Holwell Village Hall on Tuesday 11th December, starting at 9pm to review the Examiners Final report on the Neighbourhood Plan, to accept the amendments, and to recommend acceptance to forward to WDDC prior to Referendum. This is an open meeting so residents are welcome to attend.
NEIGHBOUHOOD PLAN EXAMINATION
An independent examiner Mr Andy Mead was appointed after the decision to submit the Neighbourhood Plan for examination.
Following the submission of the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan for examination, the examiner wrote to WDDC and Holwell Parish Council on the 26 October 2018 to clarify several initial procedural matters.
As part of his examination of the plan, the independent examiner has to consider whether the plan meets certain basic conditions and satisfies legal requirements.
The basic conditions are set out in the legislation, and are intended to ensure that neighbourhood plans fit within their wider context. The plan must:
· have regard to national planning policies and guidance
· contribute to achieving sustainable development
· be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the development plan i.e. the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Adopted Local Plan
· be compatible with European Union law and human rights obligations
If the neighbourhood plan is approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.
updated 7th November 2018
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN CONSULTATION
West Dorset District Council, as the local planning authority, is required to carry out a consultation on the submitted plan. People are being given six weeks from Thursday 6th September 2018 until the end of Friday 19th October 2018, to comment on the content of the plan or how it was produced. Any concerns submitted during the consultation period will be passed on to the independent examiner for consideration.
The plan and supporting documents can be viewed online at Dorset for You via the following link: https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/holwell-neighbourhood-plan and on the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan Website: https://www.holwellparishcouncil.co.uk/neighbourhood-plan/ A hard copy of the plan will be made available at the district council offices in South Walks House and at Sherborne Library.
updated 7th September 2018
Follow the link below to the web site dedicated to the Neighbourhood Plan
Holwell Parish Council submitted their proposed Neighbourhood Plan plus supporting evidence as prescribed under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 to West Dorset District Council’s (WDDC) Planning team on Friday 3rd August 2018. The documentation will now be checked by them and they will advise us if they are happy to proceed. All associated documentation will be uploaded to the Neighbourhood Plan web site in parallel with WDDC You can find the web site at holwellneighbourhoodplan.co.uk
Consultation on Pre Submission Plan documents
The period of formal consultation ends on Monday 9th July 2018
If you want to make a comment, you can use a Response form to comment on all or any of the policies, and there is a section at the end for general comments; these forms are available from any of the Working Group members or from the Village Hall. You can also download the form by accessing the dedicated web site
You can write or email in ensuring you refer to the policy or page that you are commenting on, and be clear what changes you think should be made and why.
There is a post box on the wall at the rear of the hall so you can deposit your completed response forms or comments if writing to us by letter. It is emptied regularly by a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.
4th July 2018
Welcome to information about the Neighbourhood Plan for Holwell village.
Holwell Parish Council wish to maintain Holwell Parish as a thriving rural community and to ensure its long term future by working towards meeting the needs of those who wish to live and work in this community.
A Neighbourhood Plan gives local people a genuine opportunity to be part of a community that will guide the future development, regeneration and conservation of their area by preparing a plan under the control and guidance of Holwell Parish Council.
The Parish Council set up a working group in 2013 who undertook some initial work on the Plan. However, this plan must be one that the community of Holwell produce and vote on, giving residents the opportunity to influence the future of the area. It can cover a broad agenda or just focus on a few key issues that concern the population of Holwell.
Follow the link below to the web site dedicated to the Neighbourhood Plan
Pre Submission Consultation of the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan May 2018
We have now prepared a Pre Submission version of Holwell’s Neighbourhood Plan which is available for formal review before it is submitted for independent examination.
The period of formal consultation starts on Monday 21st May and concludes on Monday 9th July 2018 during which time we are required to make the Plan available to people who live, work or carry on business in the area so they can review and comment. Copies of the documents will be available on the website at http://holwellneighbourhoodplan.co.uk/ and in hard copy from members of the Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.
There is a response form intended to assist people in responding to the pre-submission consultation. You can use it to comment on all or any of the policies, and there is a section at the end for general comments (and you can add extra pages). Alternatively you can write or email in ensuring you refer to the policy or page that you are commenting on, and be clear what changes you think should be made and why. Please keep your responses as concise as possible. Consultation on the Pre Submission Plan document will also be held with a range of statutory bodies and with our local Planning team.
There will be opportunities to review and discuss the content of the documents in person by attending one of the Open Sessions at the Village Hall during June 2018 on Saturday 2nd Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th June.
There is now a post box on the wall at the rear of the hall by the entrance so you can deposit your completed response forms or comments if you cannot contact a Parish Councillor or member of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. It be emptied regularly by a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.
updated 7 June 2018