Sturminster Marshall have opportunity to shape future development

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Dorset Council has approved a request from Sturminster Marshall Parish Council for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area, which is the first formal stage of preparing a plan.

White Mill Bridge in Sturminster Marshall
White Mill Bridge in Sturminster Marshall

Residents of Sturminster Marshall now have the opportunity to shape their community through the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area.

Call for volunteers

Sturminster Marshall Parish Council and Dorset Council are calling for volunteers to help with the formation of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Those interested in helping with the preparation of the plan can contact Mrs Alison Clothier, Parish Clerk, by email at

Trevor Warrick, Dorset Council Spatial Policy and Implementation Manager , said: “This is a great chance for people who have an interest in Sturminster Marshall to set out future development in the area. I encourage anyone interested in this opportunity to contact the parish council to find out more.”

What is a neighbourhood plan?

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act which passed through Government in 2011.

A neighbourhood plan aims to give residents more control over their local area, when plans for new homes, shops and offices in their town or village are considered.

Once the plan is written, it will be consulted on locally and submitted to the council for independent examination. It will also be subject to a local referendum to make sure it has the support of local people.

More information on Neighbourhood Plans can be found at

Any parish council or parish meeting that might be interested in forming a neighbourhood plan should contact for more information.

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