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The validation checklist for West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland planning applications

The existing validation checklist

Changes were made to the West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland Validation Checklist in February 2016. These amendments were made mainly for the purpose of clarification, and relate to the following validation requirements:

  • location plan
  • scaling of plans
  • affordable housing statement
  • biodiversity survey/report
  • flood risk assessment
  • heritage statement
  • land contamination assessment
  • land/ground stability report
  • lighting assessment
  • retail impact assessment and sequential test
  • tree survey/arboricultural implications
  • ventilation/extraction statement

An additional validation requirement has been added in respect of water, access and spaces as set out in the DCLG Technical Housing Standards - nationally described space standards. Also added are validation requirements of additional prior approval application types relating to change of use, as found in the General Permitted Development Order, 2015.

When submitting a planning application there is some information that is a statutory requirement which means that the application cannot be processed without it. If you fail to submit something on the validation checklist your application will be judged as invalid until all the required information is presented.

The new validation checklist - 18 March 2019

The new validation checklist will be effective from 18 March 2019 for the existing councils in Dorset Councils Partnership (North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland) and for the new Dorset Council from April 1 2019. View the application list requirement matrix.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Where a planning application proposes residential and/or holiday accommodation development it may be liable for a CIL charge. To help us decide if a development is liable for a CIL charge and to calculate any CIL charge we are asking applicants to fill in a CIL Additional Information Form and an Assumption of Liability Form.

CIL forms do not need to be submitted with an outline application but they will need to be included in a subsequent reserved matters application.

Where a CIL liable development is proposed which does not require planning permission (permitted development) a Notice of Chargeable Development Form will need to be submitted.

Find out more information about CIL.

Local Flood Risk Standing Advice

Standing Advice is a tool to help local planning authorities (LPAs) establish the level of flood risk involved with planning applications. It also helps LPAs to deal with low risk applications without the need to consult the Environment Agency (EA) directly.

Local Flood Risk Standing Advice (FRSA) has been developed for this Authority to further refine the EA national standing advice for flood risk matters. This Local FRSA should be used instead of the national FRSA. This Local FRSA provides more locally specific standard comments for particular types of development.  This will enable the LPA to deal with lower risk applications without directly consulting the EA.

Landscape and Visual Assessment

The matrix for Landscape and Visual Assessment sets out when landscape and visual information will be required to be submitted with your application.  This should be proportionate to the development it is assessing, and could range from a full assessment, to a short, focussed appraisal of the impacts on a certain characteristic or view.  Any landscape and visual assessment work should be carried out by a qualified landscape professional in accordance with the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, 3rd Edition 2013 (GLVIA3) LI/IEMA.  Any views to be assessed should be agreed with the local planning authority prior to carrying out the assessment. 

Design and Access Statements

Since 10 August 2006 it has been mandatory to submit a design and access statement with certain types of applications. The statement shall include the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development and how issues relating to access to the development have been dealt with. For guidance please refer to the Design and Access Statement Guide.

Statement of Heritage Significance

A Heritage Statement is required for Listed Building applications, Planning applications in Conservation Areas and that affecting the setting of Listed Building, i.e. the application site adjoins the boundary of a Listed Building. For advice on what needs to be included within this statement please refer to our Statement of Heritage Significance Guidance Notes.

Supplementary 'Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use' Form

The Supplementary 'Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use' Form is required as part of any application for Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed use or development and for Proposed Works to a listed building. The supplementary form is required in addition to, and not in place of, the national application forms published by the Secretary of State.

Site identification plan (location plan)

A location plan is required at a scale of either 1:1250 or 1:2500 outlining the application site with a red line and any other nearby land in the applicant's ownership or control with a blue line. Location, site or block plans can be purchased from a variety of Ordnance Survey approved location or you can use the Planning Portal "Buy a Plan Service" to ensure that you meet our requirements, whether you are a planning professional or first-time applicant.

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