Alderholt Neighbourhood Plan 2022 to 2034

Closes 25 Jun 2024

Opened 15 May 2024


Alderholt Parish Council has prepared a neighbourhood plan for its parish. It has sent the draft plan to Dorset Council to arrange for its examination. 

Dorset Council must now consult on the submitted neighbourhood plan review for a minimum period of 6 weeks. This is a Regulation 16 consultation and will take place between 15 May 2024 and 25 June 2024 (inclusive). To respond to the consultation, see below. 

The submitted neighbourhood plan is: 

It is supported by the following mandatory documents:

Many other supporting documents are already in the public domain and are referenced and linked in Appendix 5 of the Neighbourhood PlanThe parish council also provided the following evidence base documents:

If you have difficulties accessing any of these documents, or would like to respond in an alternative way, please contact us using the details on this page. 

Representations made at this stage can include a request to be notified of Dorset Council's decision under regulation 19 in relation to the neighbourhood plan. 

All comments received during the consultation period will be made available to the independent examiner. The examiner will consider whether the plan meets certain basic conditions and satisfies other legal requirements. The basic conditions are:

  • is it appropriate to make the plan, having regard to national planning policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State;
  • does the plan contribute to achieving sustainable development;
  • is the plan in general conformity with the strategic policies of the development plan for the area (in this case, the Christchurch and East Dorset Local Plan Part 1);
  • the plan does not breach the requirements of Chapter 8 of Part 6 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017; and
  • the plan does not breach and is otherwise compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements.

If the examiner finds that the neighbourhood plan meets all these requirements, or can be modified in order to meet them, then a public referendum will be held. This is normally limited to residents on the electoral roll within the neighbourhood plan area. 

If the plan receives a positive referendum result, it will become part of the development plan. Its policies will be used to make decisions on relevant planning applications in Alderholt alongside other appropriate development plan policies.

Why your views matter

This consultation is an opportunity for individuals, organisations and businesses to comment on the plan. To be effective, comments should focus on whether the updated plan meets the basic conditions, as outlined above. All comments made during the consultation period will be made available to the examiner. The deadline for comments is Tuesday 25 June 2024 (midnight).

Submit your comments