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Aug 1

Neighbourhood Plan - fit for our future?


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 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!

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  • Have a look at this -if possible before the hustings!
  • Hi All, Some of you may have noticed a recent refresh of the website design which hopefully makes things a little clearer and easier to read. We have also recently added a new "Further Reading" page. This contains many links to key reports and articles on Climate Change and Biodiversity loss. This is a great place to start if you want to learn more on these subjects. You can access the new page straight off the menu above - its under the "Find Out More" heading or just click here
  • Simon Hoare, North Dorset's Conservative MP until the dissolution of Parliament, replied to my request for his views on the climate emergency by saying: 'As I don’t know what the questions will be [at the 21 November hustings] I’m obviously not sure what my answers will be.' But he said he was prepared to give the following what he called 'a top line flavour' of his views: 'My main thrust will be: energy efficient building regulations, use of economic instruments to nudge behaviours, positioning 2050 as an end date not a target, and finally supporting initiatives to make our sophisticated lives more sustainable/less impactful.' So that's a full house: all four North Dorset Parliamentary candidates' views on the climate emergency are now on this Forum. Pin 'em down on 21 November!