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Weymouth Town Council Call for Sites: 15th September to 27th October

Weymouth Town Council is today (Wednesday 15th September) opening a ‘Call for Sites’ process to help shape the area’s Neighbourhood Plan.

This is an opportunity for landowners, agents, residents or businesses to suggest sites that could be developed to meet the future demand for homes, jobs, leisure or community use within the town and surrounding area. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 27th October.

Weymouth Town Council Cllr David Northam, Vice Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, said: “This plan is designed to help our communities, including residents and businesses, to have a say over future planning in the areas where they live or work. Therefore, it is important that these groups are given an opportunity to take part in the Call to Sites process, which is now up and running for the next six weeks.

“This process alone won’t decide whether a site would be allocated for development, but it will help the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group who are working on this project to gain a greater understanding of the needs and wishes of residents and businesses in the area. Together, we need to ensure that everyone is involved in planning the right types of development, in the right places.”

As part of the early engagement on the plan, an initial survey was carried out in January. The results revealed good quality jobs, good quality housing – including their design and affordability – and reducing carbon emissions were among people’s top priorities for Weymouth’s future. Based on the survey results, a vision, mission and aims document for Weymouth was drawn up and is available here.

After the six-week period is up, any sites which come forward would be assessed in line with the vision document and government planning policies for England, also known as the National Planning Policy Framework.

Click here for further information on the Call for Sites process and how to submit expressions of interest.