Success for Wareham Development Plan

Wareham Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum Success

Wareham Town Council is delighted that residents overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) at the polls on 30th September 2021. The turnout was 26.8 %, with 1145 YES votes and 120 NO votes.

The Neighbourhood Development Steering Group consisting of Town Councillors, residents and local organisation representatives have worked tirelessly for the past five years developing a plan for the town, consulting with residents throughout the process. 

The Plan will guide where new homes, businesses and shops will be provided and protect the things that are most important to local people.

Developing the Plan has seen many challenges for the Steering Group including the replacement of the District and County Councils with Dorset Council and new plans for the Middle School site and potential redevelopment of Bonnets Lane site, which resulted in substantial changes being made to the draft Plan.

Wareham Town Council would like to thank all the dedicated volunteers who undertook this mammoth task on behalf of the town, with special thanks going to David and Hilary Evans and Cllr Keith Critchley. 

Following the successful referendum result, the plan will now proceed to Dorset Council Cabinet where a decision will be made on formally making the Wareham Neighbourhood Plan as part of the development plan for the area covered by Wareham Town Council (the neighbourhood area).

For more details see the plan’s website here.

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