Please visit our Planning Page to find details of all Portland Applications including details, plans, submitted comments and final decisions.


Planning Decisions

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council is the official planning authority for Portland. However all planning applications for property on the Island come to the Town Council’s own Planning and Highways Advisory Committee for consideration. As well as being able to register an objection against schemes the Advisory Committee think are inappropriate for the Island on planning grounds, it is able to pass on other comments to the Borough which may be thought beneficial. These include suggestions on choice of materials or colours sympathetic to the surroundings.

Meetings of the Planning Committee are of course open to the public, who, if they give notice, may make representations to the Committee for or against particular schemes.

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in guiding new developments.  When it is completed a Neighbourhood Plan will be a recognised planning reference document that sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority.  This means decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan, and any other material considerations.

Neighbourhood planning allows residents to set out a positive vision of how they want their environment to develop over the next ten to twenty years in ways that meet local needs and wishes.

A key factor is that local people can volunteer to join the working group in a variety of roles and put the Plan together, though they have to be prepared to put in the necessary time and effort!  The other important feature is that all along the way there are consultations with the public to provide ideas and comment.  Individuals can make a difference to the final result.  Then when the Plan is completed it is voted on in a referendum of residents for a final decision.  Though of course you can’t please all the people all of the time, if the working group has done its job properly the Plan should receive general approval.

The Neighbourhood Plan should establish planning policies that will help deliver the development local people want to see.  By taking a longer term approach planning proposals which might have come forward in isolation from one another can be considered together and fitted into an overall plan of supporting services and infrastructure. Also by focusing on specific information about a community its future needs can be anticipated to help influence local development proposals.  This feature might be lost if only the wider-looking requirements of the Local Plan were considered.  Finally, as agreement for the Plan has to come from the community, it becomes more difficult for a developer or land owner to change their future proposals without community consent.

The production of a Neighbourhood Plan puts Portland at a crossroad regarding its future.  There are numerous options and priorities that could be taken up, but making a choice that will offer lasting progress for the Island is the key.  This is why the Town Council is supporting the development of a Plan.

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