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Local planning policy North Dorset

The North Dorset 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.

North Dorset - 'adopted' local plan

North Dorset - local plan review

North Dorset - neighbourhood plans 

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Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation

North Dorset District Council is 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 the Council consulted on an Issues and Options Document from the 27 November 2017 to 22 January 2018. Information regarding the consultation can be found via the Local Plan Review webpage. 

Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan

The Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to North Dorset District Council for examination. The public has 6 weeks from 4 January to 15 February 2018 to make formal representations on the proposed plan.  An independent examiner is being appointed and the concerns raised during this consultation will be passed on to them for consideration as part of the examination process.

Bourton Neighbourhood Plan 'made'

Bourton Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' (i.e. brought into legal force) by North Dorset District Council on 26 January 2018 and, as part of the development plan for North Dorset, will, now help the District Council make decisions on planning applications in the parish of Bourton.

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 in .CSV format below: 

North Dorset Brownfield Register 2017-12-20 (excel, 9kb) (opens in a new window)

New neighbourhood area for Shaftesbury, and Melbury Abbas & Cann

Shaftesbury Town Council and Melbury Abbas and Cann Group Parish Council have been successful in their applications for two new neighbourhood areas. This means that they can now prepare separate neighbourhood plans.

Full details here.

Blandford+ Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2031

The Blandford+ Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2031 was submitted for examination in the summer of 2016 and was examined during the first half of 2017.  A public hearing was held on 10 April 2017.  The Examiner's Report (pdf, 309kb) (opens in a new window) has now been received.

The examiner concludes that provided the recommendations in her report are followed the plan would meet the basic conditions.  She therefore considers that the plan, as modified, can proceed to a referendum. 

Community Infrastructure Levy - update

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

The Council has now received the Examiner's report (pdf, 108kb) (opens in a new window) in which the Examiner concludes that the Council's Charging schedule is an appropriate basis on which the Council 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.

  • North Dorset local plan part 1 (links to adopted plan)

    The council adopted the North Dorset local plan part 1 (LP1) on 15 January 2016.

  • 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.

  • The North Dorset Local Plan

    The North Dorset local plan sets out our approach to managing planning development in the district.

  • Neighbourhood planning in North Dorset

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

  • 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

    North Dorset District Council is reviewing whether to adopt its 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.

  • Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

    North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Councils have launched their self-build and custom housebuilding register. The register is open to anyone interested in building a self-build home within the North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland areas.

  • North Dorset Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation

    North Dorset District Council is 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 the Council 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.

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