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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  
West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan Joint West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Annual Monitoring Report 2018 to 2019
Purbeck Local Plan Part 1  5 year housing land supply report  
North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 - Policy 1 to 21 / North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 - Policy 22 to 33 5 year housing land supply report 
Christchurch and East Dorset Local Plan Part 1 - Core Strategy Christchurch and East Dorset 5 Year Housing Land Supply 2018

Planning Policy

Name: Planning policy team
Tel: 01305 251010
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