Major Study Confirms Portland’s Unique Character
The Consultation on the Study has now closed. Thank you to those who did comment. We will collate these and prepare a report which will show key issues from the comments and how we propose to include these within the study. We hope to have this available by the end of this month (July 2017).
As part of the work on the Portland Neighbourhood Plan, a study has helped identify what makes the different parts of the Island special today. On the Town Council’s behalf, AECOM, a leading environmental consultancy, has taken a fresh look at the Portland in 2017. Their Character Assessment Report provides important, up-to-date, evidence to support the planning policies that will go in the Neighbourhood Plan. Government guidelines say neighbourhood plans should develop policies based on an understanding of the defining characteristics of an area. In doing so, policies can ensure that development responds to local character and history, and reflects the identity of local surroundings and materials, while not preventing or discouraging appropriate innovation.
The Character Assessment Report has identified six distinct ‘character areas’ on Portland. It has made recommendations about how development needs to be controlled in the interests of protecting or enhancing their unique character.
In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between Portland Port and the Town Council the study document also now also includes a separate commentary by the Port concerning their land holding which covers two of the ‘character areas’. This should be seen as part of the consultation.
Before the Neighbourhood Plan policies are written, the Town Council is giving local people an opportunity to consider the Draft Character Assessment Report and contribute their own thoughts and ideas.
The Portland Character Assessment Report will be available on this website from 9th June 2017 and the consultation period will run until 9th July 2017.
It will also be available via Portland Town Council’s website.
You may make comment via the comments form on this page or alternatively hard copies of the reports and forms to make comments will be available at the following locations during their opening times.
Portland Tophill Library, Straits, Easton, DT5 1HG
Portland Town Council Offices, 52 Easton Street, DT5 1BT
Osprey Leisure Centre, Castletown, DT5 1BD
We’d like to hear from you. If you have any comments or questions about the study, please complete the form below. The consultation is open until the 9th July 2017.
Your email address will only be used if we need to contact you about your comments and won’t be added to any mailing lists. We do have a mailing list which you can sign up to for key Portland Plan updates.
The consultation is now closed.