Dorset Council Local Plan evidence and background papers
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.
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.
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
- Housing Needs of Specific Groups Assessment
- Local Plan Viability Assessment
- Economic Needs Assessment
- Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment
Please note this is not a comprehensive list.
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.
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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.