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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.

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 will now be processed and used to influence the local plan review as it progresses to the next stage. If you wish to be kept up to date on the progress of the review, please register on our planning policy consultation page.

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 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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