Background to the Plan

The ‘Neighbourhood Plan Area‘, has been determined as the parish of Lytchett Matravers and the neighbourhood plan process is being coordinated by the Lytchett Matravers Parish Council.

But this is not a Lytchett Matravers Parish Council plan, it is a plan for the community prepared and informed by the community. The Lytchett Matravers Neighbourhood Planning Group is made up from the Parish Council and all interested residents of the parish.

The Localism Act 2011 encourages parish residents to produce a neighbourhood plan for their parish’s development. This plan must accept the housing development allocated to the parish in the Purbeck District Council Local Plan, but can have some influence over the nature of the development and how statutory contributions from developers are spent for the benefit of residents.

Lytchett Matravers Parish Council wants the people from the village to have the opportunity of a voice in how their village will grow and develop over the next 15 to 20 years. The intention is to provide a plan describing the community’s vision for the future of the parish, where we should invest for the future of the village and to provide village residents with a voice in the planning process.

The Lytchett Matravers Neighbourhood Plan seeks to establish a vision for the village and surrounding areas that is based on the thoughts and aspirations of its residents. It is a critical aspect of the neighbourhood planning process that all residents have had an opportunity to contribute and share their ideas.

This Lytchett Matravers Neighbourhood Plan will only work if it reflects the central thoughts of the majority of residents. We know that our ideas will have to be tempered by the pragmatism of modern life, but we need to be expansive and visionary in setting our objectives. Without that vision we will not know or achieve our target.