Adopted Local Plans
Adopted Local Plans in the Dorset Council area are used to guide new development and determine planning applications. Despite the council now being unitary the plans remain relevant until the new Dorset Local Plan is adopted. We expect this to be sometime during the spring of 2023.
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.
A quick link to local plans in Dorset Council
* The Purbeck Local Plan Part 1 has been reviewed and is in the process of being replaced by the Purbeck Local Plan 2018-2034. The Council is measuring the 5 year housing land supply against the new housing need as identified in the Purbeck Local Plan 2018-2034.
** Given that the former local authority areas of East Dorset and Christchurch now fall within separate unitary authorities, separate five-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.