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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

adopted local plan quick guide
Name of local planLink to 5 year housing land supply report  Currently published 5 year housing land supply figure (years)Local Plan annual housing requirement (dwellings)                          
West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan Joint West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland 5 year housing land supply report 2019 4.83  775 
Purbeck Local Plan Part 1* 5 year housing land supply report 2019 5.32  180 
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 2019 4.00  285
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 2019

4.77 (Christchurch and East Dorset)

4.91 (East Dorset only)

566 (Christchurch and East Dorset)

442 (East Dorset only)

* 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.

Planning Policy

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