Arne Parish Neighbourhood Plan News

We are very pleased to announce that, as of the referendum held on Thursday 6th May 2021, the Arne Neighbourhood Plan was passed. Over 500 residents turned out to vote and the final count was 479 in favour and 36 against - 93% in favour. 


Of the 8 Neighbourhood Plan referendums being help throughout Dorset on the day, Arne had the highest turnout and the largest majority in favour. We would like to thank all those who voted in favour of the Plan for their support. 


You can click here to see a PDF of the whole Neighbourhood Plan



Arne Parish Council’s response to matters raised by the Examiner:

Jill Kingaby BSc (Econ) MSc MRTPI 

December 2019 Independent examination of the

Arne Parish Neighbourhood Plan


Click here for feedback from Drop In Sessions on 21st & 22nd of June 2016.


The invitation to the June drop-in sessions was sent to all householders in Arne Parish  Flyer Page 1 - Flyer Page 2


May 2015 Newsletter (Extract from Arne Parish News May 2015)


Click here for the December 2014 Newsletter which summarises the latest news about Arne Parish's Neighbourhood Plan. 


The results of the Arne Parish 2014 Survey which took place in September can be found in the Neighbourhood Plan Survey Report.


A follow-up Information Evening was held on the 12th November to present the above survey report but also to carry out a straw poll of those present on preferences for any housing development. 

Click here for the results.


The meeting  was held at Stoborough Primary School with over sixty residents attending.  Arne Parish Council thank Ms D Corbin, Headteacher of Stoborough Primary School for the use of the school hall and its modern facilities.


Click here for November 2014 Newsletter


Click here for October Newsletter


Click here for September 2014 Newsletter


Click here for July 2014 Newsletter


Bullet Points from Working Groups June 2014


Click here for the June 2014 Newsletter


First Open Meeting

More than a hundred people from Arne Parish crammed into Stoborough Village Hall on the 24th April for the first open evening of the Neighbourhood Plan process on a fine spring evening. There was an introductory talk by Keith Childs from Purbeck District Council who described how neighbourhood plans fit in with current government planning frameworks. Then everyone took the opportunity to review and comment upon six different topic areas. These included housing, employment, education, recreation, health, transport and police and crime issues.  Post-it notes were used to collect hundreds of ideas and opinions for further analysis. This will give the steering group plenty to chew over in the next few weeks.The session was chaired by Ashley Pellegrini and tea and cakes were organised by Stoborough WI. It was an enjoyable evening and a very encouraging start to the project.



Click here to see the official plan of the neighbourhood plan boundary - this is coincident with the Arne Parish Boundary.


Initial Vision Statement

"Arne Parish has a unique natural environment formed by past cultural, economic, social 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, continue to  live  in a community in which they feel safe, cared for and happy".






Our Neighbourhood Plan has had to be produced in accordance with The Purbeck Local Plan which is itself under review - click here for full information.


A series of drop in events around Purbeck have now concluded. A summary of Arne Parish Council's comments can be found here.



Also an influence on the Purbeck Local Plan and Arne Parish Neighbourhood Plan is the Heathland Supplementary Planning Document Consultation.  See here for full details.   Arne Parish's response to this is here.


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Minutes to Neighbourhood Plan meetings can be found in the DOCUMENTS tab on this web site.