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Joint planning policy work

Dorset County Council works jointly with the district and borough councils on some policy issues and plans.

Under the Localism Act there is a new Duty to Cooperate to ensure that local authorities and other bodies have proper regard to strategic and cross-boundary issues.

Planning Policy Team

The Planning Policy team of Dorset County Council works jointly with the districts and boroughs on policy issues such as the development of policies on sites for gypsies and travellers and for the heathlands of South East Dorset.

It also assists with the development of strategies such as the South East Dorset Green Infrastructure Strategy, working with bodies such as Natural England, the Forestry Commission and Environment Agency as well as the District/Borough Councils.

The Planning policy team also works jointly with other authorities in Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth to provide evidence to support policies in the Local Development Frameworks and Local Plans, for instance the statistics on development and the Dorset Countywide Monitoring Report. The Strategic Housing Market Assessments and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments, Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Workspace Strategy and economic viability assessments on Affordable Housing and Developer Contributions for the Bournemouth/Poole and Dorchester/Weymouth housing market areas and individual districts also fall into this category. 

Joint Working

Sometimes districts come together to work on a particular topic. The Joint Retail Study involving Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck Councils is one such example.

Occasionally Dorset County Council will work with just one partner on a particular study. The Growth Potential of Gillingham, which was produced jointly with North Dorset District Council is an example of this approach.

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