RESIDENTS in Highcliffe and Walford have been asked to give their feedback on the final draft of plans to change the look of their high street and parish.

A final draft of the Highcliffe and Walkford Neighbourhood Plan was released for citizens on Friday January 22 to give their opinion on the proposals before it is submitted to BCP Council.

The draft plan has been prepared by the Parish Council together with its Planning Consultant Jo Witherden and follows a number of earlier ‘rounds’ of consultation with its residents, having started back in November 2019.

Ward and Parish Councillor Nigel Brooks, who is leading the preparation of the Plan said: “This is the culmination of over a year’s work by a subgroup of the Parish Council and I thank them all for their dedication to complete the Plan particularly in these difficult times of Covid-19.

“I would encourage all Parish residents to complete the questionnaire as planning and the future of our wonderful part of Dorset is important to all of us”.

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011 and aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area.

Residents can go to the Plan web site where they will find the pre-submission Plan document.

The document sets out 12 proposed Planning Policies and these are also to be found in Appendix 2 on pages 52 to 54.

This ‘round’ of consultation with resident is the final stage of preparing the Plan before it is submitted to BCP Council in the Spring for their examination.

Residents can provide feedback by completing an online survey questionnaire at

A link is also provided on the front page of the Neighbourhood Plan website.

Locals have until Monday March 8 to provide their views on the Plan before it is sent off for submission.

To find out more and complete the online survey, visit