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"Call for Sites" - consultation

Do you know of any land or premises that you think might be suitable for housing or employment uses?

North Dorset District Council is reviewing its recently adopted Local Plan Part 1. To help in this process we are carrying out a 'Call for Sites' to identify sites that may have potential for development over the next 15 years.

The 'Call for Sites' is an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs. This will help to ensure that there is sufficient land available within our area to meet anticipated development needs.

If you are aware of any sites that may have development potential, please let us know by completing and submitting our Site Submission Form (word, 247kb) (opens in a new window)  Site Submission Form (pdf, 351kb) (opens in a new window). It should be accompanied by a location map clearly showing the site boundaries.

All site owner details submitted as part of the 'call for sites' will remain confidential. To be assessed, sites will need to be submitted by Friday 21 October 2016. However, sites submitted after this deadline may still be considered.

If you have previously submitted a site and you wish it to remain for consideration, you need take no further action unless you wish to provide us with updated information regarding the site. If you wish to withdraw a site at any stage or inform us of any change in circumstances let us know in writing. For reference, the majority of sites currently on our database can be viewed online. (opens in a new window).

If you are unsure whether to submit a site, you may prefer to have a brief informal discussion with a planning officer before submitting a form. Please call 01258 484224 or email:

Site Assessment Methodology

Local authorities are required to prepare a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to provide realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and the likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing over the plan period. In addition, we are required to plan to meet the economic needs of the area, including identifying sufficient land for future development.  We will assess all the sites using the methodology set out in the National Planning Practice Guidance. This can be viewed at: Planning Practice Guidance (opens in a new window)

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