You can now have your say on Shaftesbury’s future housing provision, an eastern by-pass for our town, improved road infrastructure, a new school and two proposed gipsy and travellers’ sites between Shaftesbury and Motcombe.
The draft Dorset Council Local Plan sets out policies for providing these infrastructure projects. “This plan is huge,” says Cllr David Walsh. “It covers development strategy, the environment and climate change, economy, community infrastructure including shops, education, children’s services, doctors, health care, hospitals, day-care centres, libraries, sports facilities, roads, parking, electric charging points, low carbon infrastructure, waste management, broadband and community renewable energy”.
David wants you to read the draft Local Plan and share your views on the proposals, which will guide development in the council’s area for the next 17 years.
Dorset is required to build 30,481 new homes during this period, but David says Shaftesbury has taken its fair share of development and the Local Plan does not propose further estate building in Shaftesbury, apart from developments already granted permission. Planners have previously approved estates at Lower Blandford Road and alongside Wincombe Lane.
You’ll find videos explaining the plan on the Dorset Council website here.
You can read and respond to the document here.
A dedicated member of staff can answer your questions between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday on 01305 252500. The consultation remains open until the 15th of March.