Welcome to the Neighbourhood Plan for Holwell village

Welcome to the Neighbourhood Plan for Holwell village

Amendment for referendum approved by Strategy Committee

We have been advised by WDDC that the Strategy Committee approved our amended plan for referendum and will now be working towards a referendum in early February 2019.

Report on Holwell Neighbourhood Plan 2017 - 2031

An independent examiner Mr Andy Mead was appointed after the decision to submit the Neighbourhood Plan for examination. His examination report was released on 28 November 2018 with the recommendation that the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan, should proceed to referendum, subject to modification.

Parish Council meeting on the 11th December at 9pm

Holwell Parish Council are holding an Extraordinary Parish Council meeting at the Holwell Village Hall on Tuesday 11th December, starting at 9pm to review the Examiners Final report on the Neighbourhood Plan, to accept the amendments, and to recommend acceptance to forward to WDDC prior to Referendum. This is an open meeting so residents are welcome to attend.

Neighbourhood Plan Examination

An independent examiner Mr Andy Mead was appointed after the decision to submit the Neighbourhood Plan for examination.  

Following the submission of the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan for examination, the examiner wrote to WDDC and Holwell Parish Council on the 26 October 2018 to clarify several initial procedural matters.

As part of his examination of the plan, the independent examiner has to consider whether the plan meets certain basic conditions and satisfies legal requirements.

The basic conditions are set out in the legislation, and are intended to ensure that neighbourhood plans fit within their wider context. The plan must:

  • have regard to national planning policies and guidance
  • contribute to achieving sustainable development
  • be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the development plan i.e. the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Adopted Local Plan
  • be compatible with European Union law and human rights obligations

If the neighbourhood plan is approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

The Holwell Neighbourhood Plan is available to read together with the supporting documents by clicking on the Consultation 2018 tab, or clicking here.

Mission Statement

Holwell Parish Council wishes to maintain Holwell Parish as a thriving rural community and to ensure its long-term future by working towards meeting the needs of those who wish to live and work in this community. A Neighbourhood Plan gives local people a genuine opportunity to be part of a community that will guide the future development, regeneration and conservation of their area by preparing a plan under the control and guidance of Holwell Parish Council.

It is a plan that the community of Holwell Parish produce and vote on that will give residents the opportunity to influence the future of the area through having a say into future development, regeneration and conservation. If it is adopted, then it becomes part of the Planning Policy for our parish.

The Parish Council set up a working group in 2013 who undertook some initial work on the Plan. However, this plan must be one that the community of Holwell produce and vote on, giving residents the opportunity to influence the future of the area. It can cover a broad agenda or just focus on a few key issues that concern the population of Holwell.

To maintain Holwell Parish as a thriving rural community and to ensure its long-term future by working towards meeting the needs of those who wish to live and work in this community

Strategic Objectives:

  1. To meet diverse local housing needs taking into account changing demographics and social requirements.
  2. To keep housing development to an agreed scale, of good quality and design, making use of materials that are appropriate, sustainable and complementary to neighbouring properties.
  3. To support existing business, encourage new enterprises and facilities which will enhance commercial effectiveness and employment opportunities.
  4. To preserve the long-term future of the area by retaining and, if possible, enhancing local services, infrastructure and facilities, promoting a safe and healthy community.
  5. To protect and enhance the natural, agricultural and built environment of the Parish including its landscape, built heritage, archaeological sites and wildlife habitats.
  6. To reduce vulnerability to the impact of severe weather i.e. flooding, etc