Piddle Valley now has its own neighbourhood plan. The plan was drawn up by local people in the parishes of Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide and Alton Pancras, and agreed by Piddle Valley Parish Council.
After a consultation period a submission to an independent examiner was made in mid-2016.
Following feedback from the examiner, Piddle Valley worked with the district council on a number of suggested modifications.
After approval by West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee on 8 February, a referendum was held on the plan.
The referendum, held on 19 April 2018, had a turnout of 21 per cent – 75% voted in favour of West Dorset District Council using the neighbourhood plan to help make planning decisions in the Piddle Valley area.
As more than half of those voting were in favour of the plan, Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan was officially ‘made’ at West Dorset’s Full Council meeting on 10 May 2018.
The plan can be accessed on dorsetforyou.gov.uk
Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:
“Communities across the district are actively involved in planning for future development in their area.
“The Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan is the fourth to be approved In West Dorset. It takes enormous hard work and commitment to produce a plan and I congratulate all those involved.”
Piddle Valley Neighbourhood plan will now be used alongside West Dorset District Council’s adopted local plan, when making planning decisions in the parish area.