Shaftesbury's Neighbourhood Plan 9-week consultation period begins today. You can find full details, access the plan and complete a questionnaire online via the town council's website here https://www.shaftesbury-tc.gov.uk/shaftesbury-neighbourhood-plan-consultation-begins/ and you can also see the plan, talk about it, get information leaflets and questionnaires in a number of places around the town - see the website for details. Comments received could lead to the plan becoming even more effective.
A neighbourhood plan can't go against national or regional planning policies but it will provide Shaftesbury with more influence when planning applications for local development are being considered. Much of the work on Shaftesbury's Plan took place before the UK committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and before the marked increase in public concern about climate breakdown and the ecological emergency. However, my own concerns were largely shared by fellow members of the neighbourhood plan team and I think those of you who look critically at the policies from a 'Planet Shaftesbury' perspective will find a lot to approve of - as well as some areas where the town could perhaps be more ambitious. Please have a look and get your comments in - note that adding references or evidence to personal opinions will carry more weight!