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Strategic housing and economic land availability assessment

Local authorities are required to prepare a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to provide realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and the likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing over the plan period. In addition Local Authorities are required to plan to meet the economic needs of the area, including identifying sufficient land for future development.

Land availability 'call for sites'

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are reviewing their recently adopted Joint Local Plan. To help in this process the councils carried out a 'call for sites' to identify sites that may have potential for development over the next 15 years and beyond. 

The 'call for sites' was an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs. All site owner details submitted as part of the 'call for sites' are confidential.

If you are aware of any site(s) that may have development potential you can still let us know by completing and submitting our  site submission form (word, 121kb) (opens in a new window). Completed forms should be returned using the contact details below. Paper copies of the form can also be requested using the same contact details. Submitted sites will be kept on file and may still be considered.

The previous West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland 2014 SHLAA (document ref CD/SUS9), 2015 SHLAA update (document ref CD/SUS13) and Employment Land Review  (document ref CD/SUS4) are available in our Evidence Document List . These documents have already assessed a number of potential development sites.  

For the Local Plan Review a 2016 SHLAA addendum has been published following a 'call for sites' in summer 2016. This 2016 SHLAA report should be considered an addendum to the earlier 2014 & 2015 SHLAA reports and not a full update of all sites. The addendum assesses new submitted sites and re-assesses existing sites which have been re-submitted, where landowners believe there has been a change in circumstances. Where sites have been re-assessed this 2016 addendum should be considered to supersede any previous SHLAA assessment. The methodology used is the same as that applied in the 2014 & 2015 SHLAA report.

Document list: West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland SHLAA 2014

West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland SHLAA Addendum 2016 - Part 1 (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)

West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland SHLAA Addendum 2016 - Part 2 (pdf, 6Mb) (opens in a new window)

Brownfield register

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are pleased to announce the launch of their Brownfield Registers.

Brownfield land registers are intended to provide up-to-date and consistent information on brownfield sites that local authorities consider to be appropriate for residential led development. Registers will be in two parts. Part 1 will comprise all brownfield sites appropriate for residential development and Part 2 those sites granted permission in principle. Registers should be published locally as open data and will provide transparent information about suitable and available sites.

The West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland Brownfield Registers are available for download in .CSV format below:

Sites currently included on the brownfield registers are also available to view on the Councils web based Geographical Information System (GIS) (opens in a new window).

The information in the register is correct at the time of publication, December 2017. The council will carry out an annual update to the register in line with the government guidance.

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