The existing North Dorset District Local Plan (2016) states that future housing development in the Blandford area will take place in a south-westerly direction. However, an alternative proposal by a group of Blandford residents is that development should take place on the hills to the north and east of Blandford.
The Blandford proposal has been outlined in Blandford's draft Neighbourhood Plan, called "BlandfordPlus". The plan was prepared by Blandford TC, Blandford St Mary PC and Bryanston PC and was submitted for examination in Summer 2016 and was examined in the first half of 2017. A public hearing was held on 10th April 2017.
The examiner concluded that, provided her recommendations in her report are followed, the plan, as modified, can proceed to a referendum.
BlandfordPlus say the plan "passed but with major amendments". In addition they say they have "written to the Secretary of State to use his discretionary powers to intervene in this matter."
All in all, it is clear that the plan is stalled and is not yet operational!
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