Everyone was welcome to the first Neighbourhood Panning Workshop held in the Biggin Hall on 28 November – and despite the grim weather the hall was soon full of local people sharing their detailed knowledge of Dover and thoughts about how to make the Town a better place to live and work.

Planning experts explained how Neighbourhood Plans can benefit Dover – giving local people a chance to develop a vision for the future over the next 20 years, decide where they would like new development, what new infrastructure (such as roads) is needed, and plan support and community facilities for the lives they want to live.

 The meeting then broke into smaller groups to consider themes in detail including

 

  • Local Communities, health and wellbeing
  • Meeting housing need
  • Design and Character of the Town
  • Port, transport and infrastructure
  • Opportunities in Tourism, employment, education and training
  • Environment, recreation and open spaces

 

 

Strong opinions were expressed all round and the feedback session was lively as different views and experiences were debated and everyone had a chance to contribute and be heard.

From now onwards there will be a whole series of events to consult with local people and to gather the evidence need for the Plan. If you would like to be involved please email neighbourhoodplanning@dovertowncouncil.gov.uk, call us on 01304 242625, write or drop by to the Town Council offices. The Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group is looking for members from all sections of the community and also for people to contribute to smaller focus groups -so if you have a bit of time and an interest in Dover’s future or expert knowledge you would be really welcome!

 The Dover Neighbourhood Plan will be voted on in a formal referendum of local electors and sit alongside the National Planning Strategies set by Central Government and other Plans adopted by Kent County Council and Dover District Council – the Neighbourhood Plan written by Dover People for Dover People will make sure that your choices about your lives are taken seriously.

 Our picture shows those at the Neighbourhood Planning Workshop getting down to business.