Dorset Council Local Plan and Census 2021
There are two important and future improving events taking place across Dorset in March, where input from the residents of Sherborne is crucial.
The first is the Dorset Council Local Plan Consultation. Dorset Council has produced a draft Local Plan, containing proposals for guiding future development in the wider Dorset Council area up to 2038.
The plan outlines the strategy for meeting the needs of the area such as housing, employment, and community provision.
It directs development to the most suitable locations near to existing facilities, and detailed policies promote high quality development that respects and enhances the character of each area.
The plan also protects Dorset’s natural environment and contributes towards the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
For more information and to have your say visit sherborne-tc.gov.uk where there are various links to information from Dorset Council or if you would prefer a paper copy, please ask at your local library.
Town Councillors will be looking to finalise a response from Sherborne Town Council at its next virtual Town Council meeting at 6.45pm on Monday, 15 February. There is a 30-minute public session at the beginning of this meeting where the public are welcome to attend. Please contact our Civic Administrator Sue Woodford at [email protected] to receive an invite to the meeting.
The Dorset Council Local Plan Consultation closes for comments on Monday, 15th March 2021.
If you would like to speak directly to Dorset Council, contact the Planning Policy team on 01305 251010 or email [email protected]council.gov.uk
Also happening this year is the Census 2021. This is a ten-yearly survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, except for 1941.
For the first time the Census will be run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter including a unique access code, to complete the questionnaire on a computer, phone, or tablet.
Residents who are unable to complete the Census digitally will be supported by a phone helpline, a network of Census Support Centres or by ordering a paper copy.
Census day is 21 March 2021 and by taking part you help to make sure your community gets what it needs. Visit the Sherborne Town Council website for further details.