Arne Parish

On the 6th May, the Arne Neighbourhood Plan will finally be going to referendum. Many of you have been involved in the production of the Plan or have contributed via public meetings, parish council meetings and surveys so you will know that this has been a very long and complicated process. It all began back in 2013 with a vision:
'Arne Parish has a unique natural environment formed by past cultural, economic, social, industrial and agricultural practices. While recognising and protecting its heritage, we seek to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the parish through environmental and economic measures that will develop the community and its charm, so that all its residents, young or old, will continue to live in a community were they feel safe, cared for and happy.'
The process will now culminate in a referendum on the 6th May 2021 and we would ask that you make a note in your diary and take the time to vote in favour of your Plan. You will receive polling cards from Dorset Council nearer the time.
We cannot stress how important your vote will be. If confirmed by referendum, the Plan becomes a statutory document and must be taken into account when any planning application in the parish is being considered by Dorset Council Planning Officers or developers. 
Should the Plan not be confirmed at referendum by residents, our voice on planning decisions will be considerably reduced and the parish will be left at the mercy of Planning Officers and developers. 
Over the next few days, you will receive a copy of the Plan which, we hope, you will find a useful source of information now and in the future. If you do not receive it, please contact the Clerk and a copy will be sent to you.
Remember: Referendum Day 6th May.
You can click here to see a PDF of the whole Neighbourhood Plan



Wareham Car Parking, Spring 2021
06 Mar 2021

There are new times during which car-parking charges will be made in Wareham from 1 April 2021. You can click here to see a PDF of the whole notice, or click the image to enlarge it and then use the back button (←) at the top left of your browser to return to the same page.

Dorset Local Plan
01 Mar 2021




Get Arne Parish Council's response in PDF

to the Dorset Local Plan.        

Annual Accounts & Governance 2019-20
03 Jul 2020

Arne Parish Council 






Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27


The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)


The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)





1. Date of announcement______3rd July 2020______________(a)

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:


(b)   Amanda Crocker, Clerk, Arne Parish Council,

c/o Rye Hill Farm, Rye Hill, Bere Regis, Wareham, Dorset BH20 7LP                                                                       email:



commencing on (c) __Monday 6th July 2020 _______________________



and ending on (d) ___Friday 14th August 2020 ________________________


3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:


  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
    • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.


The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.


4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:


PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)

15 Westferry Circus

Canary Wharf

London E14 4HD



5. This announcement is made by Amanda Crocker, Clerk and RFO

Arne Neighbourhood Plan - Pre-submission Consultation SEA
04 May 2019

Following on from the recent consultation on the pre-submission draft of the Arne Neighbourhood Plan, a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the draft plan has now been undertaken and is available for consultation. This can be found in the 'Documents' section of this web site, together with a non-technical summary. The report does not suggest any specific changes are likely to be required to the plan, having considered the likely impacts, the significance of the effects and the reasonable alternatives. 


Responses and comments can be made up until the 29th May and can be sent via email to or by post to the Clerk at Rye Hill Farm, Rye Hill, Bere Regis, Wareham BH20 7LP. 

Arne Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation
06 Dec 2018

After 4 years of hard work, the Neighbourhood Plan has now been completed and a 7 week public consultation period will run form Friday 7th December 2018 to Friday 25th January 2019. 

The Plan can be found in the Neighbourhood Plan section of the web site, together with the response form.

We will be holding a public consultation day on Monday 14th January at the Stoborough Primary School from 4pm to 8pm when you will be able to come along, talk to Parish Councillors, ask any questions you may have and pick up a response form. 




Due to Government legislation regarding the continuation of virtual meetings and the requirement to have the annual accounts completed, the next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Wednesday 5th May, immediately following the Annual Parish Meeting. Both meetings will be conducted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The ID number is 897 829 6488 and the password is 676147. 


(NB. Minutes of meetings can be found in 'Documents' tab above)


Arne Parish Councillors 

For a list of councillors and their telephone numbers please click here to open a PDF document.


To view the Councillors' Representation on various bodies please click here to open a PDF document.


A snapshot of Arne at the 2002 Jubilee

For those with an interest in finding out more about the flavour of life in this area there is an online version of the Jubilee Book made for Arne. Please click on Jubilee Book to have a look at a series of pictures and commentary designed to give a snapshot of daily life in the parish on a memorable day in 2002