- What matters to you in Dover?
- What worries you about the future of the Town?
- What new education, training and opportunities you want?
- What kind of development you want to see?
- What you think would make Dover a better place to live, work and visit?
The Neighbourhood Plan Community Questionnaire gives everyone a chance to have their own direct say. It’s available on-line (Click for Questionnaire), in hard copy for pick-up round the Town and has been posted to every household with freepost return
Neighbourhood planning gives communities a chance to take the lead in producing part of the development plan for their area – a Neighbourhood Plan is important – it’s a legal document and must be used when deciding on planning applications.
The rules around planning and development have had a shake up with increased pressure to develop more housing across the country. National Planning Policy is now generally in favour of sustainable development. Locally Dover District Council decides on overall levels of development and grants legal planning permissions for Dover Town as well as in Deal, Sandwich and the rural parishes in the Dover area. A Neighbourhood Plan for Dover can make a real difference in the fight against poor quality development such as conversions of large properties into too many tiny flats that are primarily aimed at making profit for the developer.
A Neighbourhood Plan for Dover Town will contribute to decision making and help make sure that future development is
- vibrant, attractive and well designed
- in the public best interest balancing social, economic and environmental considerations
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is taking the lead in making the Plan but you – the People of Dover- will decide what you want for your Town and what goes into the Plan. People like you with passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of the Town can make a real difference and change things for the better.
Making a Neighbourhood Plan needs everyone to contribute their best ideas, hopes and vision for Dover – so the process gives plenty of time and opportunity for everyone to get involved.
Finally, the Plan will be examined independently by a Planning Inspector and put to the vote in a local referendum to be absolutely sure that it says what you – the People of Dover – want it to say.
Have your say today!
Your Dover – Your Voice