RESIDENTS in Dorchester are being asked to contribute their views on the future of the village.

A draft of the Neighbourhood Development Plan, which can be used for guidance when planning applications for new homes are being considered, is out for consultation, which finishes on Monday, May 9.

People living in the village near Wallingford are being asked for their views on the plan before it is presented to South Oxfordshire District Council.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan started out at a village workshop in 2012 and has been updated since.

The plan has been organised by Dorchester Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Development Steering Group.

Parish council chairman Chris Hill told residents in a newsletter that after the plan is finalised it will be presented to SODC as a final draft and after it has made amendments the plan will be forwarded to a planning inspector.

Mr Hill added: “If the inspector is satisfied that the plan conforms with all the statutory requirements and is passed it will then be presented to the village as a referendum.

“Everyone eligible can vote to accept the plan in its entirety at an election that will only be open to parish residents.”