This Neighbourhood Plan is the result of thousands of hours of work, undertaken by three teams of townspeople since 2014. The current version has been researched and compiled by a group of eight Shaftesbury residents, who volunteered to pick up the baton and continue the work of the previous Neighbourhood Plan groups.

Each and every one of the draft policies that are being proposed are based on months of research, evidence gathering and consultation. The adopted Neighbourhood Plan will be the only planning guide that will tell authorities ‘what Shaftesbury wants’.

Together, we want to agree a plan that will keep our small, unique Dorset town vibrant, for us and for the next generation of Shaftesbury residents to enjoy.

We want to hear from you!

The Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 (formal) consultation will run from the 1st August to 26th September 2019.

An information leaflet will be delivered to every household within the parish boundary of Shaftesbury mid-August. The leaflet will explain more about the Neighbourhood Plan and provides a summary of each of the draft policies. The leaflet will also inform the reader how they can feedback on the policies.

Information leaflets, questionnaires and a hard copy of the plan can be viewed at the following places known as ‘hubs’:

Shaftesbury Town Hall
The High Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8LY
Shaftesbury Library
Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AE
Shaftesbury Arts Centre
13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AR

OR the draft plan can be viewed via the Website and the questionnaire can be completed online using the follow link:

You can visit our Pop-Up Shop which is located at 37 High Street. The pop-up shop will be open on selected days throughout the consultation period. Come and see the plan, talk to the team, fill out the questionnaire and give us your feedback between 10am and 4pm on the following days:

Monday – 5th, 12th and 19th August – 2nd and 23rd September
Wednesday – 7th, 21st and 28th August
Thursday – 15th, 29th August and 26th September
Friday – 20th September
Saturday – 31st August and 21st September

This plan has been written over 15 months when Brexit, political change and the environmental crisis has dominated the headlines. Nationally and globally there is uncertainty. But in Shaftesbury, we have found clarity and a clear message about what people want.

So much has been written about our historic town’s past. This Neighbourhood Plan is all about shaping our future. Please share your feedback and join us on the latest leg of Shaftesbury’s journey.