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West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan Review

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have embarked on a review of their recently adopted Joint Local Plan (October 2015) as recommended by the local plan Inspector in his report on the local plan examination.

Issues and Options Consultation

The councils consulted on Issues and Options for the review of the Local Plan between 6 February and 3 April 2017. This consultation formed part of the regulation 18 consultation. Responses received during this period have now been processed and a summary of the responses (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) made by organisations and individuals to the consultation has been produced.  Comments submitted to the consultation can be viewed in full using our consultation response search (opens in a new window). Comments are searchable by chapter and by individual/organisation. You can view responses made on the Issues and Options document and the Sustainability Appraisal.

The next stage is to work towards the production of a "preferred options" document.  This will take into account the consultation responses made to the Issues and Options consultation. If you wish to be kept up to date on the progress of the review, please register on our planning policy consultation page.

Review of the Local Plan

In his report on the examination of the local plan, the Inspector indicated that he considered it to be "imperative that an early review is undertaken". The objective of the review is to identify additional housing land capable of meeting housing need to 2036. Through the Local Plan Review the councils will also consider revisions to other policies in response to changes in national policy and legislation.

The councils have set out the full scope of this review in their updated  Local Development Scheme (pdf, 390kb) (opens in a new window) (March 2016) and through subsequent committee reports taken to the West Dorset District Council  Executive Committee (opens in a new window) and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Management Committee

Many planning issues cross administrative boundaries and are the responsibility of a range of organisations. Cooperation on these issues is required under the 'Duty to Cooperate' and the councils are engaged in strategic planning across a range of issues as part of this duty.

The plan will start to gain some weight as a material planning consideration as it progresses towards adoption. The degree of weight given to each draft policy will vary, depending on whether or not the issue is contentious and to what extent it is consistent with the  national planning policy framework (opens in a new window)

  • Consultation

    Find out what consultation is happening on planning policy in West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland.

  • Research evidence and useful information

    An important part of the planning system is gathering evidence and factual information to help identify the issues and needs of the area.

  • Sustainability Appraisal

    Sustainability appraisals aim to promote sustainable development by ensuring that the key environmental, social and economic issues are considered when developing planning policy.

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