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Local Planning Policy - North Dorset

Our local plan sets out our approach to managing planning development in the district.

The local plan for North Dorset consists of the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (adopted 2016), as well as policies retained from the District-Wide Local Plan (adopted 2003). Communities can also produce neighbourhood plans to provide more detail for their area. The adopted local plans and 'made' neighbourhood plans form the 'development plan' for North Dorset. All planning decisions must be made in accordance with the development plan unless 'material considerations' indicate otherwise.

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Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation

We are embarking on producing a new Local Plan for the District, which will replace both the North Dorset District-Wide Local Plan (1st Revision) (adopted in January 2003) and the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (adopted in January 2016).

As part of this process we consulted on an Issues and Options Document from the 27 November 2017 to 22 January 2018. Information about the consultation, including the consultation responses, can be found on the Local Plan Review web page.

Hazelbury Bryan Neighbourhood Plan 

The Hazelbury Bryan Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to us for independent examination. The public and other interested parties have from Friday 10 August to Friday 21 September 2018 to make any comments they may have about the plan with regard to the content and how it has been prepared. An independent examiner is being appointed and responses received during the consultation will be passed on to them for consideration as part of the examination process.

Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan

The Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan referendum took place on 12 July. A majority (91%) voted for us to use the neighbourhood plan to help decide planning applications in Gillingham. The Plan went before Full Council on 27 July 2018 and the decision was taken to make the Neighbourhood Plan part of our development plan.

Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan 2016-2031

Mr Terry Kemmann-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI MCMI has been appointed to examine the Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan. The submitted plan and all relevant documentation, including the responses to the Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan received during the consultation period from Friday 6 April to Friday 25 May 2018, have been forwarded to the examiner.

Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan

With the agreement of Fontmell Magna Parish Council, David Kaiserman BA DipTP MRTPI has been appointed to examine the Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan. The submitted plan and all relevant documentation, including the responses to the Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan received during the consultation period from Friday 27 April to Friday 8 June 2018, have been forwarded to the examiner.

Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan 2016 - 2031

With the agreement of Pimperne Parish Council, Terry Kemmann-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI MCMI has been appointed to examine the Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan. The submitted plan and all relevant documentation, including the responses to the Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan received during the consultation period from Friday 11 May to Friday 22 June 2018, have been forwarded to the examiner.

Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan (version 2)

Following the withdrawal of the Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2031 work is progressing on producing a new neighbourhood plan. Blandford + (comprising Blandford Forum Town Council, Blandford St Mary Parish Council and Bryanston Parish Council) is currently holding a consultation regarding the new plan. Further information about the consultation and the new plan can be found on the Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan website.

Joint Retail and Commercial Leisure Study

Carter Jonas has produced a Joint Retail and Commercial Leisure Study on behalf of North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council to help inform both plan-making and development management decisions across the three local authority areas.

Appendix 20 of the study has been updated (as of 30 April 2018) to include maps showing the town centre opportunity sites at Gillingham and Sturminster Newton.

Sport & Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment

Consultants have produced a Sport & Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment on our behalf to help inform both plan-making and development management decisions.

Brownfield land register

The Brownfield Land Register for North Dorset is now available.

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 North Dorset Brownfield Land Register is available for download as an Excel document: 

Community Infrastructure Levy - update

We submitted our Draft Charging Schedule for examination in October. The submitted documents and other information can be found on the North Dorset Community Infrastructure Levy page.

We have now received the Examiner's report in which the Examiner concludes that our charging schedule is an appropriate basis on which we can introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy. 

Following the publication of the Government's Housing White Paper and the Government commissioned Community Infrastructure Levy Review the Council is reviewing whether to adopt its CIL Charging Schedule. In the interim, Section 106 agreements will continue to be used in order to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms.

The North Dorset Local Plan

The North Dorset Local Plan sets out our approach to managing planning development in the district.

North Dorset Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation

We are embarking on producing a new Local Plan for the District, which will replace both the North Dorset District-Wide Local Plan (1st Revision) (adopted in January 2003) and the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (adopted in January 2016).

As part of this process we consulted on an Issues and Options Document from the 27 November 2017 to 22 January 2018. We are now processing the responses that were received during this period and will issue a consultation report in due course.

Neighbourhood planning in North Dorset

The Localism Act 2011 introduced the right for communities to draw up neighbourhood plans for their areas.

North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (Links to Examination Documents)

The North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (LP1) and associated documents were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 5 December 2014. An Examination in Public took place in March 2015 to consider the soundness of the Plan. The Council received the Inspector's Report on the Examination of the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 on 17 December 2015.

North Dorset Additional Planning Policy Documents

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 came into effect in September 2004 and it involved changes to the planning system, including the way development plans are prepared.

North Dorset Community Infrastructure Levy

We are reviewing whether to adopt the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule following the publication of the Government's Housing White Paper and the Government commissioned Community Infrastructure Levy Review.

In the interim, Section 106 agreements will continue to be used in order to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms. Guidance on Section 106 agreements can be found in the Government's Planning Policy Guidance.

 

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