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New Neighbourhood Planning Officer post is a first for Dorset

By jspiteri  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

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North Dorset District Council is advertising for a Neighbourhood Planning Officer who will help local people take control of potential development in their communities.

An increase in neighbourhood planning activity has prompted the need for the appointment, the first in Dorset, which has seen no less than nine neighbourhood plans, covering 13 parishes within North Dorset.

David Walsh, Cabinet Member for Development at NDDC, said: “Neighbourhood plans can be resource hungry and we have recognised that our local communities need more support to help them take their plans forward. Reinvesting the grants paid by Government in this new post is a cost-effective way of giving the support that’s needed.”

The appointment will not cost the tax-payer a penny because the new two-year post will be largely funded from grants already paid to the council by the government.

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Trevor Warrick, Planning Policy Manager, said: “The new post holder will give planning advice helping communities to develop neighbourhood plans and produce the background studies needed to support their local policies. Neighbourhood plans can only be adopted following an examination in public and a local referendum. Support will also be given to help communities take their plans through these processes.”

More information about neighbourhood planning in North Dorset can be found at the following link: https://www.dorsetforyou.com/neighbourhoodplanning/north

Details of the post are available on www.dorsetforyou.com and the closing date for applications is Tuesday 26th August.

Neighbourhood plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area. In most cases this means that neighbourhood plans take into account the local council’s assessment of housing and other development needs in the area.

Taken to its fullest extent it can lead to a Neighbourhood Development Order, allowing a community to grant planning permission for development, removing the need for a planning application to be submitted to the local authority.

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