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Planning constraints

Information about the range of planning constraints that affect an area when development proposals are made.

For a brief summary of these constraints, see an overview of planning constraints in Dorset.

DorsetExplorer (opens in a new window) can provide an initial map based overview but you are advised to contact the relevant planning authority for site specific information.

The range of planning constraints that may need to be taken into account in relation to developments includes the following:

Conservation areas and listed buildings

Read more about Conservation areas and listed buildings
Find out more about Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Read more about Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
AONBs have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty.

The South East Dorset Green Belt

Read more about The South East Dorset Green Belt
Find out if your development is on the green belt and how that affects your application.

Nature conservation

Read more about Nature conservation
Any development proposal can impact on conservation sites and protected species, either directly or indirectly.

Flood risk

Read more about Flood risk
Find out about flood risks, if you need an assessment and how they can affect your planning application.

Overview of constraints

Read more about Overview of constraints
There are a range of constraints that may need to be considered when developing in Dorset.
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