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Purbeck Local Plan Review

We are reviewing the Purbeck Local Plan which is used to determine planning applications.

New homes for Purbeck consultation

As part of the Purbeck Local Plan Review, Purbeck District Council is seeking views on sites for new homes in the district. The Council is also seeking views on possible new planning policies relating to second homes and affordable homes.

A special 'About Purbeck' magazine detailing the consultation, together with a questionnaire, is being sent to households and businesses in Purbeck (as well as in neighbouring Crossways). The consultation runs from 29 January until 12 March 2018 and you can view the About Purbeck consultation document and a sample questionnaire by following the links below.

New Homes for Purbeck Consultation Document January 2018 (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)

Sample questionnaire (pdf, 205kb) (opens in a new window)

Please note that the sample questionnaire is provided for information only, and cannot be used to respond to the consultation. If you are a business or resident in Purbeck or Crossways and have not received your questionnaire through the post by 2 February then please contact Public Perspectives on Freephone 0800 533 5386 or Please also contact Public Perspectives if you do not live in the District and wish to respond or if you have any other queries about the consultation.

Come and talk to us

The Council is running several drop-in events, held in different locations across Purbeck, for you to come and talk to us about the consultation.

Saturday 3 February10am to 4pmThe Purbeck School, Worgret Road, Wareham BH20 4PF
Saturday 10 February10am to 4pmEmmanuel Baptist Church, 160 Victoria Avenue, Swanage BH19 1AZ
Saturday 17 February10am to 4pmLytchett Matravers Village Hall, High Street, Lytchett Matravers BH16 6DD
Thursday 22 February3pm to 6pmSt Dunstan's Church Lounge, Poole Road, Upton BH16 5JA
Saturday 24 February10am to 4pmD'Urberville Centre, Colliers Lane, Wool BH20 6DL
Saturday 3 March10am to 4pmBere Regis Scout Hut, Elder Road, Bere Regis BH20 7LY
Saturday 10 March10am to 4pmMoreton Village Hall, The Common, Moreton DT2 8RE

The Council has also arranged an infrastructure drop-in event on Thursday 1 March from 2pm to 5pm in the Council Chamber, Westport House, Wareham. This will provide an opportunity to talk to representatives from organisations responsible for transport, public services and facilities, such as Dorset County Council and the NHS.

Appraisals and evidence studies

The 'new homes for Purbeck consultation' has been informed by a number of appraisals and evidence studies, as set out in the tables below.



Sustainability Appraisal (January 2018) (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window)

Sustainability Appraisal Non-technical Summary (January 2018) (pdf, 741kb) (opens in a new window)

Analyses the likely social, environmental and economic impacts of the options set out in the consultation.
Habitat Regulations Assessment (January 2018) (pdf, 4Mb) (opens in a new window)Assesses the likely effects of the options on protected species and habitats.
Equalities Impact Assessment and Health Impact Assessment (January 2018) (pdf, 801kb) (opens in a new window)Assesses the likely equalities impacts of the consultation document and shows how the main principles of health and healthcare will be addressed.


Evidence studies - housing need and housing sites

Purbeck OAN Update (October 2017) (pdf, 150kb) (opens in a new window)Provides an update on the objectively assessed housing need for Purbeck under current national policy and guidance, taking account of updated household projections and updated economic projections. Please note that the Government has since published recommendations for a new method of calculating housing need, which will need to be taken into account in the preparation of the Local Plan Review.
Purbeck District Council review note - OAN Update (October 2017) (pdf, 164kb) (opens in a new window)This document provides an independent review of the 'Purbeck Objectively Assessed Housing Need Update 2017'. The document also provides advice on the implications of the Government's new proposed method for calculating housing need.
Purbeck Economic Projections Background Paper (October 2017) (pdf, 178kb) (opens in a new window)This document presents updated economic projections for Purbeck. These projections have been used to inform the objectively assessed housing need for the district.
Windfall and Character Area Potential Background Paper (January 2018) (pdf, 4Mb) (opens in a new window)This paper looks at the potential contribution towards the Council's housing supply that could be achieved through windfall (unplanned) development.
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)Assesses potential housing sites across the district.
Site Selection Background Paper January 2018 (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)Explains how the Council has identified options for meeting the district's housing need.

Evidence studies - Environmental constraints


EICS - Chapters 1-3 (October 2017) (pdf, 10Mb) (opens in a new window)

EICS - Chapter 4 (October 2017) (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)

EICS - Chapter 5 (October 2017) (pdf, 6Mb) (opens in a new window)

EICS - Chapters 6 and 7 (October 2017) (pdf, 10Mb) (opens in a new window)

EICS - Chapter 8 (October 2017) (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

EICS - Appendices (October 2017) (pdf, 10Mb) (opens in a new window)

The Environmental and Infrastructure Capacity study considers environmental and infrastructure constraints in Purbeck, and identifies the least constrained areas of the district. This study is only a starting point for considering the most suitable sites to meet the district's housing needs, and the identification of less constrained areas in the study does not necessarily mean that development will take place in these areas. Similarly, some development may be appropriate in areas identified as more constrained (e.g. the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) subject to appropriate mitigation.
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment 2018 (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)This document provides a broad scale assessment of flood risk across Purbeck.
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Background Paper (January 2018) (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window)This paper summarises national policy and guidance relating to the AONB and assesses whether potential development sites within the AONB are likely to meet national policy requirements.
Heathlands Background Paper (November 2017) (pdf, 948kb) (opens in a new window)This paper provides an update on matters relating to heathland mitigation in Purbeck, including consideration of whether the current approach (of preventing development within 400m of protected heathlands) remains appropriate.
Historic Environment Background Paper (November 2017) (pdf, 4Mb) (opens in a new window)This paper provides a comprehensive overview of the historic environment across Purbeck to guide the Local Plan Review.

Green Belt Studies

Green Belt background paper (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window)This paper has been updated following an earlier version, published on 29th January 2018, to address a misunderstanding with the Council's Local Plan Review housing options consultation. The paper no longer suggests that the Council could consider identifying land, to meet longer term development needs, for consideration in subsequent local plan reviews (national planning policy describes this as 'safeguarded land') because of: possible changes to national planning policy and uncertainty over future development need. The assessments and maps (which show possible Green Belt boundaries) in the paper and sections of supporting text have also been updated. The maps in the final part of the paper, which make suggestions for the Council to consider alterations to Green Belt boundaries, now distinguish between boundaries that could be altered to release land for: 'housing', and 'other types of development'.
Strategic Green Belt Review (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window)The Purbeck Strategic Green Belt Review does not make any recommendations to alter Green Belt boundaries, nor does it identify land (to meet longer term development needs) for consideration in subsequent local plan reviews (national planning policy describes this as 'safeguarded land'). The review does refer to previous evidence prepared by the Council as part of the Local Plan Review, but for the most up-to-date assessment on possible alterations to Green Belt boundaries please refer to the Green Belt Background Paper.

Evidence studies -Transport

Transport Background Paper (January 2018) (pdf, 854kb) (opens in a new window)This paper summarises the evidence available in relation to potential transport impacts from new development in Purbeck.
Strategic Road Network Transport Modelling Phase 1 (January 2018) (pdf, 11Mb) (opens in a new window)


Strategic Road Network Transport Modelling Phase 2a (January 2018) (pdf, 783kb) (opens in a new window)

Strategic Road Network Transport Modelling Phase 2b (January 2018) (pdf, 465kb) (opens in a new window)

These studies consider the potential impacts of development in Purbeck on the Strategic Road Network (A31 and A35).
Highways England Statement regarding Purbeck Transport Modelling (January 2018) (pdf, 53kb) (opens in a new window)This letter sets out the current position of Highways England in relation to the potential impacts of development in Purbeck on the Strategic Road Network.

Evidence studies - Infrastructure

Purbeck Infrastructure Delivery Plan (January 2018) (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)This document sets out the anticipated additional infrastructure requirements resulting from the proposed development being considered through the Local Plan Review. We have further updates from Wessex Water and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue which will be included in the next version of the Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
Purbeck Sport and Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment (April 2017) (pdf, 4Mb) (opens in a new window)This report provides a detailed assessment of current indoor and built sports facilities in Purbeck, identifying needs and gaps in provision.

Evidence studies - Settlement Strategy

Settlement Strategy Update (June 2017) (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)

This paper provides an update to the previous 'settlement strategy' which was prepared in 2010. The paper considers whether it is still appropriate to include a 'settlement hierarchy' in the Local Plan Review, and also looks at whether any settlements should change their positions in the hierarchy.

Since publication the Council has noted the following in relation to parts of the Settlement Strategy Update (June 2017) in relation to Bovington:

  • inconsistencies between paragraph 42 (which incorrectly states that there is a GPs surgery in Bovington) and Table 10
  • an error in Table 4 (which indicates that there are 9 rather than 10 different types of services and facilities in Bovington)

Officers do not consider that Bovington's ranking in the settlement hierarchy (which also takes account of its size relative to other towns and villages in Purbeck), or the strategies recommendations, need to be changed in response to these matters.

Evidence studies - Second homes

Second Homes Background Paper (November 2017) (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)This paper investigates the possibility of a new local plan policy to restrict new dwellings from being used as second homes in Purbeck.
Second Homes Policy Impacts Study (June 2017) (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)This study considers the potential impact on the housing market, if a restrictive policy (preventing new dwellings from being used as second homes) were to be introduced.

Evidence studies - Affordable housing tenure

Affordable Housing Tenure Mix (January 2018) (pdf, 489kb) (opens in a new window)This paper investigates the possibility of amending the current policy on affordable housing tenure, to encourage provision of more social rented homes.
Viability Update & Sensitivity Testing Addendum (November 2017) (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)This study considers the potential impact on development viability if the Council were to encourage provision of more social rented homes. It also provides a general update on viability and considers the potential viability impacts of a potential policy to require provision of serviced self-build plots.


You can read more about the work the council has previously undertaken by following these links:

Partial Review: Issues and Options Consultation reports - June 2015

Partial Review options consultation

Work undertaken following options consultation (2016 to 2017)

Local Plan Review Advisory Group (2014 to 2017)

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