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Planning Inspector To Start Hearings On Local Plan


8:51am 24th November 2014

Plans to meet West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland's future housing and employment needs will be looked over by a Government Planning Inspector this week.

The plans were put together by West Dorset District and Weymouth and Portland Borough Councils back in June 2013.

But they had to go back to the drawing board to work through some of the Inspector's initial concerns.

One the big stumbling blocks was the amount of housing which the government felt wasn't enough to meet the growing demand in our area.

So the councils have increased it to 775 homes per year across the plan area until 2028.  

The local authorities say they're now confident they have a 'robust' plan that will hold up to questioning at the hearings which will start tomorrow (25th of November) and run until the 12 December 2014 at West Dorset District Council Offices.

The sitting times are Tuesday to Thursday from 10am-1pm and from 2pm-5pm, and on Friday 10am-1pm.

Although open to the public, people cannot participate in discussions unless specifically invited to do so by the Inspector.

Cllr Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "We have been working hard to address the issues the Planning Inspector raised and welcome the hearing sessions so we can discuss the changes we have made with the Inspector and other participants and deal with any outstanding matters."

The plan also looks at how climate change can be tackled, how the environment can be protected and how future developments can be made more sustainable.

It covers important issues such as where housing could be built, how the economy can be boosted and what infrastructure may be needed.

After the hearings the inspector will take on board the issues discussed before making a decision on the soundness of the plan before it can be adopted.

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