Dore Neighbourhood Forum

After nearly four years of intensive research, consultation, debate and drafting, involving public consultations and workshops, working groups, nearly 50 steering group meetings and Neighbourhood Forum approvals, the Dore Neighbourhood Plan and its accompanying Policies Map have been completed and, as required by Planning Regulations, formally submitted together with various supporting documents on 20 September 2019 to Sheffield City Council and the Peak District National Park Authority.
In October 2014 the complete membership of the Dore Village Society was designated a Neighbourhood Forum for the Dore Neighbourhood Area, which lies half in the Peak District National Park and half in the City of Sheffield for development planning purposes.
There follows a substantial collection of documents recording the origin and activities of the Dore Neighbourhood Forum and its appointed Steering Group and the development of the Dore Neighbourhood Plan.
Now that our Plan has been formally submitted to the Local Planning Authorities, it is largely out of our hands, but Sheffield City Council now has legally regulated obligations as to how it processes the Plan through four further stages:
1. A public consultation exercise which asks the question of respondents whether the Dore Neighbourhood Plan meets the Basic Conditions required of a viable Neighbourhood Plan.
2. An Examination conducted by an independent expert to establish whether the Dore Plan meets the Basic Conditions taking account of the comments received from respondents.
3. Decisions to be reached by our Local Planning Authorities on whether the Dore Neighbourhood Plan requires amendment in the light of the Examination to be acceptable.
4. The holding of a Referendum of registered Dore electors to determine by a simple majority of those voting whether what emerges from the earlier stages as the proposed Neighbourhood Plan is to be accepted as part of the Local Development Plan against which planning applications in Dore are decided.

Sheffield City Council has now reached the stage at 1 above. It is launching on Tuesday 14 September a legally required public consultation on the Dore Neighbourhood Plan formally submitted to the Council last September and validated by them for consultation. The Consultation lasts for 6 weeks and responses can be made online by visiting the Council website at https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/planning-development/neighbourhood-planning and turning to the Dore Neighbourhood Plan heading. The Council site will display all the key documents relating to the Dore Neighbourhood Plan including the Plan itself and the Policies Map and will explain how to express your views on whether this is a properly prepared appropriate Plan for Dore Neighbourhood Area. To save time in accessing the documents you can read the submitted Dore Neighbourhood Plan HERE and the Policies Map HERE.

The Dore Village Society and the Dore Neighbourhood Forum encourage those who live or work in Dore to read the plan and provide comments on it to show how much interest there is in this document produced by the community for the community.

Introduction to the Dore Neighbourhood Forum

The Dore Village Design Statement, 2005

  1. What is a Neighbourhood Forum?
  2. Background to the Dore Neighbourhood Plan
  3. Submitted Dore Neighbourhood Plan, September 2019
  4. Programme of Activity
  5. Steering Group and Working Group memberships
  6. Minutes of the Steering Committee Meetings
  7. Minutes of the Working Groups' Meetings
  8. Items of Correspondence:
  9. Dore to Door article by the Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee 
    explaining the background to neighbourhood planning in Dore: its history, how the work is currently being organised, and what the working principles and objectives are.
  10. (Available Soon) Further background explanations of the Neighbourhood Planning Process
  11. Map of the Dore Neighbourhood Plan Area
  12. Minutes and Feedback of Public Meetings
  13. Analysis of Returned Housing Questionnaires
  14. Pre-Submission Consultation on Draft Dore Neighbourhood Plan
  15. Evidence Library of documents submitted with the draft Dore Neighbourhood Plan: [for a fuller explanation of each document, see the item marked ** below. Except where marked, all the documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF)]

The City Council’s Developing Sheffield Plan

For some considerable time Sheffield City Council has been preparing a new Local Plan (under the title ‘Sheffield Plan’). On 1 September it published a consultation document entitled “The Sheffield Plan, Our City, Our Future : Issues and Options, September 2020”. This documented the Council’s vision and objectives for the city and initial thinking about how and where it would plan to provide the employment opportunities, transport infrastructure and new homes required in the city over the next 15 to 20 years. In particular the document set out three alternative options for the location of the 40,000 new homes which needed to be built to meet Government targets. These options varied according to how many homes could be built within the existing urban and suburban confines of the city – including how intensively in the city centre itself – and how many homes might have to be built on the existing Green Belt. There are set out below:

-        The Issues and Options consultation document. The consultation is now closed.

-        The response from Dore sent to the Council by the Dore Village Society Committee.

-        The response from Dore sent to the Council by the Steering Group of the Dore Neighbourhood Forum.

The Council published a range of supporting and evidentiary documents alongside the Issues and Options document. One of these was a “Green Belt Review, September 2020” which might cause concern in Dore because it sets out to assess and score how far different parts of the Green Belt around the city fulfil the formal purposes for the creation and maintenance of Green Belt. In particular, accompanying a further document (the Sheffield Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment Report), an expandable map was published which showed housing sites which were recently completed, or in various stages of permission and construction or otherwise identified. In the case of Dore Neighbourhood Area nine sites were shown in grey located in our Green Belt which will concern local residents. It is important to note that these sites as yet have no formal significance beyond the fact that they were proposed by landowners and developers as potential sites for housing in response to an open Calls for Sites issued by the City Council in recent times. However, having been identified now in public, the Dore responses to the Issues and Options consultation make it very clear how opposed the community would be to any attempt in the future to release these sites from the Green Belt protection. The sites are indicated on the map here. Quite apart from scoring the sites for their degree of contribution to Green Belt purposes, future consideration needs to be given to the value of these sites to the best possible landscape character assessment of the area, to biodiversity, to recreational needs and other criteria. We believe that after such an assessment, no-one should contemplate releasing these sites from the Green Belt.