Shaftesbury’s Neighbourhood Plan for the next 12 years has taken a significant step towards completion, according to a council report.

Housing and employment, open green spaces, including landscape, town centre, design and heritage, and community facilities, form the backbone of the plan which will affect all planning decisions in the future, the council says.

Tim Edwyn-Jones, Neighbourhood Plan chairperson, said: “We are very close to being able to our share the aims and objectives for the plan with the wider Shaftesbury community. The team should feel very proud of their work.”

The Neighbourhood Plan group wants views from the community arbout the policy intentions and to encourage the Shaftesbury townspeople to have their say.

More than 15 consultation events involve a cross section of groups and organisations in the town over a two-week period starting on February 18, Town Hall 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm.

Tuesday, February 19, Tesco, 10 – 1

Wednesday, February 20, Town Hall, 10am – 2pm, and 4pm – 6pm.

Friday, February 22, Tesco 10am – 1pm

Monday, February 25, Town Hall, 10am – 2pm

Tuesday, February 26, Library, 2 – 4pm

Wednesday, February 27, Town Hall, 10am – 12noon

Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan dedicated website: www.shaftesburyplan.co.uk/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShaftesburyTownCouncil/

Online version of the consultation papers available from Monday, February 18 at www.shaftesburyplan.co.uk/phase-one-consultation/

Hard copies available at the Town Hall.

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