Press Statement – Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan

Town Hall, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8LY

FROM:         The Town Clerk, Mrs Claire Commons
DATE:          Wednesday 6th February 2019

Shaftesbury’s Neighbourhood Plan will help shape development in the town for the coming 12 years has taken a significant step towards completion.

Over the past twelve months a number of knowledgeable and passionate local volunteers have been researching and analysing data, consulting with the residents via a mini-survey and building evidence to form policies for the Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan. Aspects such as housing and employment, open Green spaces including landscape, town centre, design and heritage, and community facilities form the backbone of the Plan which will actively affect all planning decisions in the future.

Tim Edwyn-Jones, Neighbourhood Plan Chairperson said “All the volunteers have worked so hard over the past year and we are very close to being able to our share the aims and objectives for the plan with the wider Shaftesbury community. The team should feel very proud of their work”

All that work now has been drawn together and the Neighbourhood Plan group are keen to seek the views from the community around the various policy intentions. The Advisory Committee are keen to understand the views of local people and other stakeholders and to encourage the Shaftesbury townspeople to have their say. The people of Shaftesbury will have a choice and will be able to answer all the questions on the whole plan or selective questions based on 5 different themes. Tim Edwyn Jones goes on to say “we have accounted for people and the busy lives so many people lead and hopefully our flexible approach will help maximise the feedback. For example, if you have a passion for landscape or the town centre then you can answer just a few questions or if however you have a few more minutes then all 35 questions can be answered across all 5 themes!”

Over 15 consultation events have been planned with a cross section of groups and organisations in the town over a 2-week period starting on 18th February. Further public consultation sessions are scheduled to take place as follows:

Monday 18th February Town Hall 10 – 2 and 5 – 7
Tuesday 19th February Tesco 10 – 1
Wednesday 20th February Town Hall 10 – 2 and 4 – 6
Friday 22nd February Tesco 10 – 1
Monday 25th February Town Hall 10 – 2
Tuesday 26th February Library 2 – 4
Wednesday 27th February Town Hall 10 – 12


You will find all the Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan related information on the dedicated website:

Or via Facebook at:

The online version of the consultation papers will be available from Monday 18th February.

Hard copies of the consultation papers will also be available at the Town Hall.

Come along and have you say on the Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan!