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Have Your Say On Planning Say West Dorset and WPBC

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9:17am 15th March 2014

Whether its wanting to build an extension or companies putting up wind turbines, planning issues affect us all.

Now West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland Council's want residents and businesses to have their say on the planning policy which they use to make decisions.

That way they hope they can make the right rulings and avoid conflicts.

Leader of West Dorset District Council Robert Gould said:

"There are clear benefits to making sure the district council engages effectively with its communities and other planning stakeholders  on planning issues, including having good quality information on which to base decisions and being able to identify and resolve areas of conflict before proposals have been adopted.

 "We would like people to read through the draft Statement of Community Involvement and let us know whether they think it gives enough information about how our planning service works and whether we are taking the right approach to planning engagement."

Chairman of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council's Management Committee, Mike Goodman said:

"Planning affects everyone who lives, works and visits our area and the borough council is committed to ensuring the needs and aspirations of our communities are considered.

"The draft Statement of Community Involvement sets out how we aim to do this but by definition we need to know what our communities and partners think of the policy first.

"I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future development of their area to take part in this consultation."

All comments should be received by Thursday 17 April 2014.

To view the draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) and have your say go to www.dorsetforyou.com/statement-of-community-involvement/west/weymouth

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