People talk about a work-life balance, I am beginning to think there should also be a work-blog balance, and over the last year I have failed quite dramatically to get this right!
So, a new blog page for what seems to be coinciding with a very Spring-like day. To get the ball rolling I thought I would do a very brief catch-up on some of the Neighbourhood Plan milestones being reached around Dorset in recent months - though I have cut down the list to those reaching the final stages, as it was getting far too long for a blog!!
- Broadstone - examiners report received with the thumbs-up to proceed to referendum
- Broadwindsor - options consultation carried out late last year and work has started on their draft plan, which should be out for its pre-submission consultation before the summer
- Buckland Newton - passed its referendum early November (60% in favour, 38% turnout) and officially 'made' at Full Council on 7 December.
- Fontmell Magna - about to submit for their examination
- Gillingham - examination underway
- Hazelbury Bryan - pre-submission consultation hopefully starting late March
- Holwell - at its plan-drafting stage, which should be out for its pre-submission consultation before the summer
- Iwerne Minster - having had a lot of activity around its pre-submission consultation, they have recently touched base with their community to establish whether they are still on track
- Piddle Valley - referendum being scheduled for this April
- Pimperne - about to submit for their examination
- Sturminster Newton - plan submitted for its examination
- Wareham - at its plan-drafting stage, pre-submission consultation hopefully starting late April
The continued planning activity around the county has brought into focus the importance of a Neighbourhood Plan when the lack of a 5 years housing land supply undermines the Local Plan policies - more on that 'perfect storm' in a future blog...