Swanage residents and businesses are invited to have a say on issues affecting the town’s future.

Purbeck District Council is seeking views on a number of issues, including preferred locations for new housing, affordable housing for locals and better shopping facilities. The council is running a six-week consultation on the issues and options for the town from February 3 to March 17. From February 3, Swanage residents and businesses will receive a copy of the Swanage Local Plan consultation leaflet setting out options.

The council is also holding ‘drop-in’ events around the town where local people can meet informally with district council officers and other representatives to ask questions and find out more. Councillor Mike Lovell, housing and development spokesman for Purbeck District Council, said: “We have already worked closely on this Local Plan with many sectors of the Swanage community, including representatives from community, voluntary and local business groups. “The plan is now at a stage where we need the views of local people to really make a difference. This consultation is an opportunity for everyone in Swanage to have their say on a range of possibilities. “Please let us know what you think and help to shape the future of your town.”

Consultation leaflets will be available from February 3 at dorsetforyou. com/swanage-local-plan; at local libraries; Swanage Town Council offices; and the district council’s offices in Wareham. Alternatively, email localplan@purbeck-dc,gov.uk or call 01929 557264.