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North Dorset adopted Local Plan

The North Dorset local plan was adopted on 15 January 2016 and sets out our approach to managing planning development in the district.

North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 - Policy 1 to 21

North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 - Policy 22 to 33

Although the LP1 replaces many of the policies from the District-Wide Local Plan (adopted 2003), some policies from the older local plan have been saved . In addition, the Proposals Maps from the Local Plan (2003) are still largely relevant; the main changes being that settlement boundaries from some of the smaller villages have been deleted, and the addition of the Gillingham Strategic Site Allocation. Appendix A of LP1 lists which policies from 2003 have been replaced or retained, and Appendix B lists which settlement boundaries have been retained or deleted.

North Dorset District-Wide Local Plan (2003) - Written Statement

The Council monitors the impacts of the policies, more information can be found on the monitoring page.

Proposals maps

Proposals maps set out the policies spatially. North Dorset District-Wide Local Plan (2003) - Proposals Map Index

Sheet MapsInset Maps
Legend 1. Ashmore 31. Milton Abbas
Sheet 1 2. Blandford 32. Milton on Stour
Sheet 2 3. Bourton 33. Motcombe
Sheet 3 4. Bryanston 34. Okeford Fitzpaine
Sheet 4 5. Buckhorn Weston 35. Pimperne
Sheet 5 6. Cann Common 36. Pulham
Sheet 6 7. Charlton Marshall 37. Shaftesbury
Sheet 7 8. Child Okeford 38. Shillingstone
Sheet 8 9. Compton Abbas 39. Spetisbury
Sheet 9 10. Durweston 40. Stalbridge
Sheet 10 11. East Stour 41. Stalbridge Gibbs Marsh
Sheet 11 12. Farnham 42. Stalbridge Weston
Sheet 12 13. Fifehead Magdalen 43. Stour Provost
Sheet 13 14. Fontmell Magna 44. Stour Row
Sheet 14 15. Gillingham 45. Stourpaine
Sheet 15 16. Glanvilles Wootton

46. Stourton Caundle

Sheet 16

17. Hazelbury Bryan 47. Sturminster Newton
Sheet 17 18. Hilton 48. Sutton Waldron
Sheet 18 19. Hinton St Mary 49. Tarrant Gunville
Sheet 19 20. Ibberton 50. Tarrant Hinton
Sheet 20 21. Iwerne Courtney 51. Tarrant Keyneston
Sheet 21 22. Iwerne Minster 52. Tarrant Monkton & Tarrant Launceston
Sheet 22 23. Kings Stag 53. Tarrant Rushton
Sheet 23 24. Kington Magna 54. Turnworth
Sheet 24   25. Lydlinch 55. West Stour
 N/A 26. Manston 56. Winterborne Houghton
 N/A 27. Mappowder 57. Winterborne Kingston
 N/A 28. Marnhull 58. Winterborne Stickland
 N/A 29. Melcombe Bingham & Ansty 59. Winterborne Whitechurch
 N/A 30. Milborne St Andrew 60. Winterborne Zelston


The North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (LP1) and associated documents were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 5 December 2014. An Examination in Public took place in March 2015 to consider the soundness of the Plan. The Council received the Inspector's Report on the Examination of the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 on 17 December 2015.

The Programme Officer for the examination was Mrs Christine Self MIBMS. Planning Inspector Mr David Hogger was appointed to conduct the examination of the North Dorset Local Plan 2011 to 2026 Part 1, to determine whether the Local Plan is sound. Look at copies of correspondence between the Planning Inspector and North Dorset District Council.

Local Plan Issue Statements

Read the Issue Statements submitted for the North Dorset Local Plan 2011 to 2026 Part 1 examination hearing.

Additional documents, Schedule of proposed changes (NDDC Hearing Change 1), Dorset Leaders' Growth Board Governance Review (NDDC Issue 1B), Stalbridge Opt in to Local Plan Part 2 resolution (NDDC Issue 1C), Policy 8 Affordable Housing track changes (NDDC Issue 4B) and Pegasus letter Issue 9 Shaftesbury (NDDC Issue 9B) were added to this page on 5 March 2015.

We have also recently published the  North Dorset Whole Plan Viability and CIL Study which has been included in our evidence base under infrastructure (INF016)

Mid hearing documents

All documents which have been submitted to the Inspector during the examination hearing and those which have been submitted after the hearing sessions are available on the Mid Hearing Documents page. This includes the additional written work requested by the Inspector during the hearing sessions.

Hearing sessions

The examination hearing sessions took place between Tuesday 10 March and Thursday 19 March 2015.

Post-hearing update

Consultation on the proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan Part 1 took place from 24 July to 18 September 2015. Responses received can be viewed on the Main Modifications Consultation Responses page.

The  Inspector's Preliminary Findings (MHD049) and draft main Modifications were considered by the full  Council at a meeting on 26 June 2015. The additional written work requested by the Inspector, consultation responses to the additional work received from participants and our response to this can be viewed on the Mid Hearing Documents page.

Main Modifications to the Local Plan Part 1

Following the hearing sessions into the Local Plan the Inspector has written to us with his  Preliminary Findings (MHD049), advising of issues raised which he considers would be best dealt with as Main Modifications. We consulted on the proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan from 24 July 2015 to 18 September 2015 and have forwarded all consultation responses to the Inspector.

A copy of the responses we received to the main modifications consultation can be viewed on the Main Modifications consultation responses page.

Inspectors report

Links to the Inspector's Report on the Examination of the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 can be found below.

Examination Library

All of the documents in the North Dorset Local Plan 2011 to 2026 Part 1 Examination Library can be viewed and downloaded.

Planning Policy

Name: Planning policy team
Tel: 01305 251010
Full contact details for Planning Policy

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