RESIDENTS are reminded to have their say on the latest modifications to the draft joint Local Plan for Weymouth and Portland and West Dorset.

A public consultation is running until September 11, and residents can put their views forward.

The draft Local Plan sets out a long term planning strategy to meet future housing, employment and leisure needs.

It also looks at how climate change can be tackled, the environment protected and how future developments can be made more sustainable.

A government planning inspector raised concerns about the joint plan submitted by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council, prompting the councils to suspend the examination to address the issues.

One of the main changes is to increase the housing requirement to 775 homes per year across the plan area of West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.

No new sites are proposed at this time, but instead the plan period is being reduced to 2028.

The councils would like to hear the views of the public on the latest changes only. There is no need to repeat earlier comments.

For a full list of changes and to comment on the plan, visit and follow the links to local plan examination.