Pimperne Parish Council

The current Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan was adopted in January 2019.

For the Neighbourhood Plan to remain effective we needed to review the Plan so that we can ensure that it records our shared vision for our parish.

Neighbourhood Plans, once adopted, carry statutory weight and status, becoming part of the development plan for the area and used to help decide planning applications. Dorset Council is currently preparing a new development plan for the whole county. Our Neighbourhood Plan Group do not intend to change the nature of the existing Plan however, it is very important that our Neighbourhood Plan is reviewed so that it is considered up-to-date sitting alongside the new Dorset Plan.

The reviewed Neighbourhood Plan will be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for onward transmission to an independent examiner who will decide whether the changes are significant enough to warrant a referendum.

The Neighbourhood Planning Group is currently made up of:






At its meeting on 29th October 2018, North Dorset District Cabinet agreed that Pimperne’s Neighbourhood Plan should go to referendum. The Plan was finalised at the NDDC Full Council meeting on 25th January 2019. The Plan now forms part of planning policy. Congratulations to the Residents and Councillors of Pimperne for this important work. The Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed via this link: https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning-buildings-land/planning-policy/north-dorset/neighbourhood-planning/submitted-plans/pimperne-neighbourhood-plan.aspx

The Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to North Dorset District Council Planning Policy Officer for checking and examination following the incorporation of amendments required as a result of the pre-submission consultation. Documents submitted for checking/examination can be found below, together with the responses received during the pre-submission consultation. The consultation finished on 22nd June 2018.

An independent examiner was appointed.

The public pre-submission consultation for Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan ran for six weeks from 10th November to 22nd December 2017. A public drop-in session took place on Saturday 25th November 2017 at the Village Hall. Members of the Neighbourhood Planning Group were available to answer any questions and there was an opportunity to make comment. Paper copies of the draft pre-submission plan were available. This was the final public consultation before the plan is submitted to an independent examiner.

The Options Consultation event was held on 24th September 2016 in the Village Hall, with subsequent submission of 115 completed resident questionnaires. In addition responses were received from Historic England, Natural England, Wessex Water, Environment Agency, Dorset County Council, North Dorset District Council, and the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Relevant comments from the preceding organisations have now been incorporated within the Neighbourhood Plan. The evidence base for the Neighbourhood Plan has been enhanced by completion of Local Green Spaces designation and the narrative review of the Options Consultation phase. Our Planning Consultant has now updated the Strategic Environmental Assessment and further inclusions within the Neighbourhood Plan in readiness for consultation on the Pre-Submission Draft Plan.

On Saturday 3rd June 2017 information regarding the three preferred housing sites was on display at the Village Coffee Morning followed by a short presentation and questions.

It is important that residents have an opportunity to ask questions about the potential sites and why they were chosen. A public consultation drop-in session took place on Thursday 6th July 2017 at Pimperne Village Hall. Parishioners had the opportunity to ask questions and make comments about the Plan. 35 comment forms were submitted which have been analysed; responses assisted in finalising the pre-submission draft for further consultation.

The last Neighbourhood Planning Group minutes can be viewed here.

For previous minutes click here and then select the minutes you wish to view.

Neighbourhood Planning Group Terms of Reference

Options Stage:

Landscape and Environment Research Summary view here

Housing Research Summary view here

Business and Local Economy Research Summary view here

Infrastructure Research Summary view here

Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan: options consultation draft view here

Pimperne Strategic Environmental Assessment - Options Stage Report view here

Statutory Consultee Summary Responses Options Consultation view here

Options Consultation Summary Questionnaire Responses view here

Options Consultation Questionnaire Responses view here

Options Consultation Statutory Reponses:

Natural England view here

Historic England view here

Cranborne Chase AONB view here

Blandford Plus view here

Blandford Town Council view here

Wessex Water view here

Dorset County Council view here

North Dorset District Council Conservation here

Options Consultation Other Responses:

Hall and Woodhouse view here

Savills on behalf of Taymix view here

Savills on behalf of Davis Coats view here

July Drop-in Session Comments view here

July Drop-in Session Analysis view here

The flyer for the July 2017 drop-in session plus up to date preferred site map is available to view here

Pre-submission Stage:

Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Draft Plan here

The Pimperne Strategic Environmental Assessment - Pre-submission Stage Report is available to view here

Pre-submission consultation statutory responses:

North Dorset District Council here

Cranborne Chase AONB here

Dorset AONB here

Environment Agency here

Historic England here and Part Two here

Southern Gas here

Wessex Water here

Blandford Town Council here

Other Responses:

Hall and Woodhouse here

Savills on behalf of Crocker here

Savills on behalf of Davis Coates here

Savills on behalf of Taymix here

Wyatt Homes here

Resident comments part one two three four

Submission Stage:

Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan Submission Draft Plan here

The Pimperne Strategic Environmental Assessment - Submission Stage Report is available to view here

Consultation Statement here

Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement view here

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Determination Statement here

Place Check Report view here

Housing Needs Assessment Report here

Local Green Spaces statement view here

CPRE Dark Skies here


Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Version follow the link:


Jenny Burden  

Peter Slocombe (chair)

Damian Boyle

Antony Argles

Geoff Coull

John Tanner

Tim Harman

Debby Mackenzie

Steve O'Connell  

Jan Fairman