Consultation on proposed changes to the Swanage Local Plan

Following an examination by an independent inspector, a consultation is taking place on some swanage local plan 300modifications to the draft Swanage Local Plan before it can be approved.

Purbeck District Council is working in partnership with Swanage Town Council and the Swanage Town and Community Partnership to produce the plan.

Once agreed, the plan will set out a vision for Swanage for the period up to 2027 and provide the strategy for the delivery of development and supporting infrastructure within Swanage.

Following previous public consultations, the plan was submitted for an independent examination.  As a result, the inspector has suggested a number of proposed changes.  One of the main changes is the removal of the policy relating to the provision of affordable housing on the Prospect Allotments site.

The consultation is taking place between 27 October and 9 December and the inspector will take account of any comments made when she prepares her final report.

Purbeck District Councillor Peter Wharf, Chairman of the Purbeck Local Plan Partial Review Advisory Group, said: “Hundreds of people responded to the previous consultations and we have been able to develop a plan that seeks to address some of the issues facing the town.

“This consultation gives people the opportunity to have their say on the proposed changes put forward by the planning inspector. We would encourage anyone wishing to comment on the changes to respond in writing.”

Councillor Wharf continued:  “We would like to thank the Swanage community for their support and contribution throughout this process so far.”

You can find all the details and how to respond at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/swanage-local-plan Alternatively, contact the Planning Policy Team at Purbeck District Council.  Telephone 01929 556561 email: localplan@purbeck-dc.gov.uk

The Swanage Local Plan identifies plans for development, including the provision of 200 new homes (including 52 which already have permission) and a town centre redevelopment site to provide new shopping space. It also sets out a vision for the town and includes policies to help guide future development.  Public consultation on the Plan took place in 2014 and 2015.

The Plan will become the formal guide to development in Swanage under the umbrella of the Purbeck District Local Plan which guides planning applications in the whole district.

Statutory notices will be placed in the local press, and emails / letters will be sent to contacts on the planning policy consultation database, to let them know about the consultation. Consultation material will be available online, with hard copies available to view at Purbeck District Council reception, Swanage Town Council reception, and Swanage, Wareham, Corfe Castle, Poole and Dorchester libraries.

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