Neighbourhood Plan

Sturminster Marshall Parish Council has agreed to begin the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan will give us the power to shape our future and growth.

It will allow residents to have a powerful influence in determining where new homes, shops and community facilities should be built and what they should look like. Once adopted it forms part of the statutory development plan and will be used by Dorset Council, as the Local Planning Authority, in making decisions on Planning Applications.

To formally start work on our Neighbourhood Plan we have applied to Dorset Council to get the Neighbourhood area designated. The submitted application met the criteria and on this basis Dorset Council has designated on 24 April 2019 the neighbourhood plan area as submitted.Sturminster Marshall Parish Council has agreed that the designated area for the Neighbourhood Plan should be all the land within the current parish boundary (see boundary map).

 A Steering Group has been set up, which is leading the process for developing the Neighbourhood Plan. The Steering Group consists of representatives of the Parish Council and members of the public. The terms of reference for the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group can be found here. The agendas and minutes from the Steering Group meetings can be found below.

A consultation event was carried out on the 26th September 2019. Results of the 2019 consultation can be found here

In August 2020 a household questionnaire was sent out to every home in the Parish. The results of the questionnaire can found found here. 

There will be lots of opportunities to get involved in the process over the coming months so if you would like to help please contact the Clerk, Alison Clothier, at





Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meetings

4 May 21


20 Jul 21