The planning methodology that has been undertaken can be summarised as follows:

Summary of the Engagement Process

  • The LMNPG distributed a comprehensive questionnaire to the village in December 2013/January 2014 and has used the results and feedback from that as a core input to the LMNP.
  • The results of the questionnaire were presented at the 2014 Annual Parish meeting in the Village Hall on April 26, 2014.
  • An additional questionnaire was distributed to parents of Lytchett Matravers Primary School to ask more specific questions about the school and the surrounding area and that has also fed back into the LMNP
  • The resulting Consultation Statement, which has been issued as a separate report

Plan Pre-Submission Consultation

The pre-submission version of the LMNP will be presented to the village on June 8, 2015 for a 6 week consultation period (June 8 to July 19, 2015). This version is to gather village feedback prior to submitting the LMNP to Purbeck District Council (see below).

There will be open sessions at the Lytchett Matravers Village Library where residents will be able to visit, review the plan and discuss with members of the LMNPG.

The main consultation will be through the this website ( This will allow information to be gathered electronically.

The library will also be able to provide copies of the plan as well as consultation feedback forms. These can be collected at any time and given into the Lytchett Matravers Neighbourhood Planning Group member in the above schedule.

The pre-submission version of the LMNP will also be formally sent to 50 external agencies to advise them of the plan and to request any feedback they have (see Appendix D).

Prepare a Basic Conditions Statement

This demonstrates how the LMNP will conform to the various legal requirements, such as the National Planning Policy Framework and the Purbeck Local Plan Part 1 (2012) as well as applicable EU laws, human rights requirements and so on. This is to be submitted to Purbeck District Council prior to the start of their Submission process (see below).

Purbeck District Council Submission

The feedback of the Pre-Submission Consultation will be used to update and adjust the LMNP. Once this has been completed, the revised version will be delivered to Purbeck District Council.

Purbeck District Council will verify that the LMNP meets the necessary legal requirements and will then publish the LMNP for a further period of 6 weeks to allow both residents and all applicable environmental and legislative groups an opportunity to review.

Independent Examination

Once the LMNP has been approved by Purbeck District Council, it is then submitted for independent examination. The examiner will test the consultation process and will verify that the basic conditions are met and will then review and comment on the Plan.

Parish Referendum

Once approved by the independent examiner, Purbeck District Council will review any examiner comments and then proceed to put the LMNP to the village for a vote. If passed by a majority of those who vote, the LMNP then becomes a legal adjunct to the Purbeck Local Plan Part 1 (2012).

Post Referendum

At the end of this process, the village will have an approved Neighbourhood Plan. This approval process has been sponsored and managed by the Lytchett Matravers Parish Council on behalf of the village.

Lytchett Matravers Parish Council will develop the appropriate governing structure to take forward the execution and delivery of the LMNP over the next 15 to 20 years.