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.



Due to the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays, it has been agreed that the January Council meetings be changed to the following dates:

Playing Field, Cemetery and Street Management Committee - Tuesday 10 January 2017 at 6.30pm (please also note permanent change of time)

Foreshore Committee - Tuesday 10 January 2017 at 7.30pm

Planning Committee - Tuesday 17 January at 6.00pm (there will be no Tourism Committee in January as there is no business to discuss)

Full Parish Council Meeting - Tuesday 24 January at 7.30pm

A date for the January Works Committee will be advised in due course (the time of the Works Committee has also been changed permanently to 6.00pm)

In addition, it was agreed in line with previous practice that no meetings would be held in February 2017.


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