Current Issues

Information on current issues of concern and importance to parish and town councils.

SUPERFAST BROADBAND for DORSET
1. The Presentation by Ian Doyle, WDDC Regeneration Manager is here
2. The Vision and Benefits Study is here
3. Superfast Broadband Frequently Asked Questions are here
Links to other broadband projects: 
www.superfastcornwall.org/bigbuild
www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/

LOCALISM ACT - The Localism Bill has completed is passage through Parliament and received Royal Assent on 15 November 2011. The LOCALISM ACT is available here
An updated (15 Nov 2011)Plain English Guide to The Localism Bill is available here:
A Ward Councillors Guide to Neighbourhood Planning is available here:
An overview of the Community Infrastructure Levy is available here:
Open Public Services White Paper - A Summary produced by ACEVO is available here

National Planning Policy Framework
The Draft Framework published on 25 Jul 11 is available here. A summary is available here  Dorset Association of Parish & Town Councils

PARISH PLANS - Several Dorset parishes have produced Parish Plans under the Vital Villages initiative. Lots of others are still showing interest and funding to support these may be available through Dorset Community Action (DCA). At the same time Community Partnerships have been developing all over Dorset, encouraging the revisiting of existing plans and much new community action. These initiatives are all being drawn together through the districts and finally into a Dorset Strategic Plan. DAPTC is involved in this process at all levels, and details of Parish Plans already produced can be viewed on the Dorset County Council Website.