An important part of the planning process is gathering evidence and factual information to help identify the issues and needs of the area.

Evidence can come from reports, strategies, specific pieces of research and from a wide range of sources including organisations that operate at a local level or organisations that operate on a wider level but have specialist knowledge or expertise.

Pieces of supporting evidence which help inform the Dorset Council Local Plan are set out in the table on this page. In addition to these, there are a number of existing reports that have formed part of our evidence base for previous reviews of the adopted former district and borough Local Plans. Where appropriate, these pieces of evidence have also helped inform the production of the Plan, and can be accessed using the links below.

Supporting evidence

The table below lists evidence that has been produced to help develop the Dorset Council Local Plan. Some of the evidence listed was produced separately to support the reviews of the adopted former district and borough Local Plans, but together covers the Dorset Council area as a whole.

 Topic Sub-topic Publication Date Document Title

Legal compliance

Sustainability Appraisal

September 2019

Sustainability Appraisal: Scoping Report

Development Strategy

Green Belt

January 2021

Strategic Green Belt Review (Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch, & Poole Council) 

Alderholt

 

May 2021 / September 2021

Alderholt Traffic Modelling Report

Alderholt Traffic Forecasting Report 

Dorchester

 

January 2021

North of Dorchester Heritage Impact Assessment

 

In progress

North of Dorchester Garden Community 

Housing

Land availability

September 2020

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

 
Housing needs January 2022

Housing Needs Assessment 

Sensitivity report

Impact report

Environment Ecology 2021 / 2022 Extended Phase 1 ecological surveys
Landscape and Heritage

Various

Landscape and Heritage Studies

Economy

Employment

October 2016

Bournemouth, Dorset, and Poole Workspace Strategy

January 2020

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset Council Workspace Strategy update

Community needs and infrastructure

 

Recreation and open space

Various

Playing Pitch Strategy, and Sport and Leisure Facilities Needs Assessments

Renewable energy December 2020

Strategic Identification of Wind Farm Sites - Report

Strategic Identification of Wind Farm Sites - Figure 1.1

Strategic Identification of Wind Farm Sites - Figure 1.2

Strategic Identification of Wind Farm Sites - Figure 1.3 

There are several pieces of work that are ongoing to inform the development of the Dorset Council Local Plan. They will be used to inform the final draft of the plan which will be consulted on later in 2021 and they are:

  • Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
  • Retail and Town Centre Needs Assessment
  • Local Plan Viability Assessment
  • Economic Needs Assessment
  • Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment

Please note this is not a comprehensive list.

Background papers

Please find below background papers produced to inform the Dorset Council Local Plan.

Please be aware that more background papers will be added to this page as they become available.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need versions of the above documents in a more accessible format, please contact the planning policy team using the details below. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Previous Adopted Local Plan Reviews

Where appropriate, evidence that informed previous reviews of the adopted former district and borough Local Plans has helped inform the Dorset Council Local Plan. This evidence can be found using the following links.

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