Future Portland – Update July 2016
Resources and documents referred to in this update are now available at Tophill Library, Easton as well as on the document library page of this site.
In 2008 a report was produced by Terence O’Rourke which advocated a spatial approach to planning on Portland which over the years has suffered from ad hoc development. Members of the Portland Community Partnership( PCP) had been in favour for some time of such approach but were also aware that a new planning regime being introduce under National Planning Policy Framework presented both opportunity and further risks unless an active approach to a community led development could be achieved.
During 2010/11 a series of Future Portland Public meetings were held to identify support for such approach and these were well attended and positive feedback received.
In mid 2011 members of the PCP became active with the development of the Local Plan for the combined planning areas of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council. This document would establish the strategic direction for planning over the next twenty years. The intention was to lobby for a Neighbourhood Plan for Portland which would look at the specific needs and opportunities in more detail.
Over a period of nearly 5 years the PCP has worked with the Local Planning Authority and Portland Town Council and have progressed the development of the plan. It is anticipated that this development is in its final year with a referendum to adjudge it being appropriate aimed for in mid 2017.
Likely changes in Local Government in Dorset , an emphasis on Community Led Regeneration and increasing sup-port for the process of Neighbourhood Planning has made the production of a plan even more relevant.
Over the next few pages we will aim to inform you of how the plan has developed. What the community has told us, how this has been interpreted and the next stages over this coming year.
A Neighbourhood Plan for Portland has been recognised as one of the more complex plans to be taken on. The opportunities for economic development sitting with and alongside a wide range of environmentally sensitive and unique areas present a difficult challenge and we hope by sharing this information as widely as possible a greater understanding of the content and direction of the proposed plan will be understood.