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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.

A new local plan (North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (LP1)) that sets out the strategic planning policies for the district was adopted by the council on 15 January 2016. 

Policies contained within LP1 replace a large number of the policies set out in the local plan that was adopted in 2003 (Appendix A in LP1 provides a schedule on this matter). However, some of the 'saved' policies in the Local Plan (2003) have not been replaced by policies in LP1 and are, therefore, still extant. These 'saved' policies that remain extant are also outlined in Appendix A to LP1. Both LP1 and the 'saved' policies in the Local Plan (2003) that remain extant form part of the 'development plan' for North Dorset and all planning decisions must be made in accordance with the development plan unless 'material considerations' indicate otherwise.

LP1 and supporting documents provide certainty for local communities and developers about what development will be approved by setting our clear aims and objectives and include policies to guide the overall level of development, where it should be located and how it should be designed.  

Latest news

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 is consulting on an Issues and Options Document from the 27 November 2017 to 22 January 2018. Information regarding the consultation, including details about consultation drop-in events, can be found via the Local Plan Review webpage. 

Bourton Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan has completed the independent examination process.  The examiner concludes that provided the recommendations in his report are followed the plan would meet the basic conditions.  He therefore considers that the plan, as modified, can proceed to a referendum. The plan and the proposed modifications were reported to a NDDC Cabinet meeting on 30 October 2017.  Members decided  that the  Bourton Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement (pdf, 216kb) (opens in a new window), as modified, can proceed to referendum.  The referendum will take place on 11 January 2018.  Documentation relating to the referendum is available via the Bourton Neighbourhood Plan webpage.

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.

Shillingstone Neighbourhood Plan 'made' 

Shillingstone Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' (i.e. brought into legal force) by North Dorset's full council committee (opens in a new window) on 21 February 2017 and, as part of the development plan for North Dorset, will now help NDDC make decisions on planning applications in the parish of Shillingstone.

Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The council has commenced the review of the North Dorset Local Plan. The council's cabinet has agreed a new Local Development Scheme (LDS) for 2016 (pdf, 561kb) (opens in a new window) which sets out the current timetable for the review. The timetable for the review could be subject to change and any changes to the timetable would be set out in a revised LDS.

  • 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 District-Wide Local Plan (2003)

    Part of the current development plan for North Dorset is the district-wide local plan which was adopted by the Council in January 2003. It includes a written statement and a set of proposal maps that cover the whole 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 is consulting on an Issues and Options Document from the 27 November 2017 to 22 January 2018.

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