Adopted Local Plans guide new development and determine planning applications.

We are working on a new Dorset Council Local Plan to be adopted around spring 2023. The adopted local plans for the former council areas are in place until the new local plan is adopted. 

Reviews of the existing local plans have stopped except for the Purbeck Local Plan. This is currently at examination.

View quick links to the adopted local plans and information relating to the Five Year Housing Land Supply for each plan at the bottom of this page.
 

Find the Adpoted Local Plan that applies in your area

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Following the adoption of the local plans, reviews began. This work has now stopped as the council decided to start work on a new Dorset Council Local Plan. This is with the exception of the Purbeck Local Plan which is currently at examination.

Quick guide to Dorset local plans

Adopted local plan quick guide

Name of local plan Link to 5 year housing land supply report   Currently published 5 year housing land supply figure (years) 2020 Housing Delivery Test Result*** 2020 Housing Delivery Test Result - Consequence
West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan Joint West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland 5 year housing land supply report 2020 4.93  109% None
Purbeck Local Plan Part 1* 5 year housing land supply report 2020 5.15  74% Presumption
North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 - Policy 1 to 21 / North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 - Policy 22 to 33 North Dorset annual monitoring report 2020 3.3  59% Presumption
Christchurch and East Dorset Local Plan Part 1 - Core Strategy**

Christchurch and East Dorset 5 year housing land supply report 2018

East Dorset 5 year housing land supply report 2020

4.77 (Christchurch and East Dorset)

5.36 (East Dorset only)

91% 

Action Plan

* The Purbeck Local Plan Part 1 has been reviewed and is in the process of being replaced by the Purbeck Local Plan 2018 to 2034. We are measuring the 5 year housing land supply against the new housing need as identified in the Purbeck Local Plan 2018 to 2034.

** The former local authority areas of East Dorset and Christchurch now fall within separate unitary authorities. Separate 5 year housing land supply figures have been calculated for each area. The table shows details of both the joint housing land supply report of 2018 and the separate East Dorset report of 2019.

*** Read about the Housing Delivery Test: 2020 measurement.

Planning Policy

Name: Planning policy team
Name: Dorchester office
Email: planningpolicy@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 251010
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