North Dorset residents to have their say on planning and growth in public exhibitions
Residents in North Dorset will have the opportunity to have their say next month as the council revises its draft of the New Plan for North Dorset.
Views are being sought on a range of key issues including reducing the overall level of proposed housing and concentrating the majority of growth in the district's main towns.
Residents can have their say on plans to build homes on the Crown Meadows in Blandford. The controversial proposals were met with protests earlier this year when The Bryanston Park Preservation Group handed over a petition to the Council.
North Dorset District Council have revised the plans from building 200 homes to 150 homes - and residents will be able to voice any concerns.
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The Council will seek answers from a number of questions on key issues, with residents having until December 21 to respond.
Cllr David Walsh, Portfolio Holder for Development at North Dorset District Council, said: "There aren't many things that affect people more than the development of the area in which they live.
"The New Plan for North Dorset sets out those proposed developments and I would encourage everyone to take part in this second round of consultations. As with the first, we are listening and we want your input.
"Bring your questions and your comments to the consultation, where there will be Planning Officers and elected Councillors. We need to hear from you."
A series of consultation exhibitions will be held during November at Blandford, Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton.
The Council is hopeful of dropping proposals for a new major business park at Wyke, Gillingham - and wants views from residents on how to take forward major housing and employment growth in the south of the town.
The needs of people in Stalbridge and smaller villages will also be discussed by the Council.
After the consultation, the draft New Plan for North Dorset will be amended to form part of the Local Plan for the district. The document will be handed to the Government by next spring, and will be adopted following another public consultation - by the end of 2013.
Public exhibitions to be held in North Dorset:
Blandford Forum, November 1 (10am - 7pm) Blandford Parish Centre
Sturminster Newton, November 12 (10am - 7pm) The Exchange
Shaftesbury, November 22 (10am - 7pm) Town Hall
Gillingham, November 29 (10am - 7pm) RiversMeet