Charmouth Parish Council

Charmouth lies in the South West corner of Dorset at the heart of the Lyme bay coast line. Undulating hills encapsulate this great diversity, making this a prominent part of West Dorset's area of outstanding natural beauty. The coast line has both national and international designations which is part of England's first natural world heritage site.

Although a relatively small Parish, approximately 1800 resident population, Charmouth has a wealth of assets in land and buildings. These include the beach and foreshore area, incorporating the seafront car park and "Old Cement Factory"; large Playing Field in Barrs Lane; Cemetery and Chapel in Axminster Road; Allotment land; Works Depot in Wesley Close and The Elms building which houses the Council Offices. Please see our "Amenities" page for what these facilities have to offer.


October meetings - The Playing Field and Foreshore Committees will be held as usual on Tuesday 4 October at 7pm and 7.30pm respectively. The Planning Committee will be held on Tuesday 11 October at 6pm. However, there will be no Tourism Committee or Full Council meetings in October due to Councillor holiday commitments.


Notice is hereby given that the audit for the year ended 31 March 2016 was completed on 31 August 2016. The Accounts are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. The requisite information as defined by Section 13(1) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 is available for inspection by appointment. To arrange a viewing please contact Mrs Lisa Tuck, Parish Clerk at the Council Office between 9am and 10.30am Mon-Fri


Following the resignation of two Councillors in May, we have managed to co-opt one new Councillor but are still seeking applications from parishioners who would like to be considered for co-option onto the Council. The role is varied, interesting, sometimes frustrating and a great deal of the time, enjoyable!!

Please contact the Clerk for further information and apply in writing.

Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan

Following a consultation period this summer, the area to which the Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan will apply has been deemed to be the area within the existing Parish Boundary.

Why do we need a neighbourhood plan?

A Neighbourhood plan is a planning policy document prepared by the community. Under the Localism Act it gives local people a proper say over the future developement of where they live, what new buildings will look like and where they will be built.

What Happens Next?

Neighbourhood planning provides a genuine opportunity for local people to influence the future developement of their area so the next stage is for the community to get involved.

A Neighbourhood Plan Forum will be set up in conjunction with the Parish Council and members of the community as soon as practicable. It is very important that the wider community contributes towards the developement of the plan. Details of the forum will be publicised in the near future.

Once a plan is agreed, it is put forward for consultation to the community and amended if neccesary. It is then given to the District Council for an independant examination for approval.

Following District approval it is then finally presented to the community for adoption as the Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan in a local referendum.

For further information see or contact the Parish Council