Your Community, Your Say – Neighbourhood Plan Consultation launches today!
The Plan sets policies for Weymouth’s future development to 2038. If you feel strongly about any of these areas, the Council says make sure your voice is heard!
Residents in Weymouth are being asked for feedback on a draft plan that shapes the town’s future in what is described as ‘the most important consultation in a generation’.
- Allocating land for over 450 affordable homes.
- Making new homes as environmentally friendly to reduce bills and carbon emissions.
- Making sure there are jobs and training opportunities so people can stay local.
- Protecting 48 local greenspaces proposed by residents for future generations.
- Making our communities safer, more accessible, with nearby facilities.
The Weymouth Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of Dorset’s Development Plan shaped by your comments and focused on Weymouth’s need. Approval was given to go out to consultation on Thursday 19th October at Weymouth Town Council’s Full Council meeting.
People are now being urged to give their feedback on the plan during a six-week consultation which opens at 12pm on Friday 27th October and runs until 5pm on Friday 8th December. Following this the plan will be updated and submitted to Dorset Council for a final round of consultation and independent examination. Finally, there will be a public referendum to approve the plan.
The draft plan has been prepared by residents and councillors who make up the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and follows five earlier rounds of public engagement events with local people and technical assessments to support the proposals.
Councillor David Northam, Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, said: “This is the most important consultation in a generation so whatever area of Weymouth you are from, it’s your opportunity to have your say about what’s important in your community. People have told us about the shortage of affordable housing, lack of job opportunities, the need to protect our environment and plan for our children’s futures, which is reflected in the plan. Let us know what we missed out, what you support in the plan and what you don’t.
“The plan and supporting documents will be available online and in libraries. Over the six- week consultation period there will also be drop-in sessions where residents can ask the Steering Group questions about the plan. More details will be announced by Weymouth Town Council.”
Residents and organisations can go to Weymouth Town Council’s website where they will find the pre-submission plan document with all the proposals. Feedback should be submitted by completing an online questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LKTT63N by 5pm on Friday 8th December.
Notes to Editors
Members of the Steering Group pictured at one of the summer engagement events.