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Dorset Council Local Plan evidence

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.

There are a number of existing reports that have formed part of our evidence base for the reviews of the adopted former district and borough Local Plans. This evidence together with the evidence prepared for the Local Plan Reviews will, where appropriate, help inform the production of the Dorset Council Local Plan.

Statement of community involvement and Local Development Scheme

The council has now adopted it's Statement of Community Involvement (January 2020) that sets out how the council will communicate with the public for planning related matters. We have also adopted our Local Development Scheme (June 2019) which sets out our predicted timetables for strategic planning matters over the coming years.

Supporting evidence

Evidence is emerging to help develop the the Dorset Council Local Plan. This is listed in the table below showing when it was made public and the topic to which it relates.

Evidence Base
TopicPublication DateDocument Title
Infrastructure April 2017 North Dorset: Sport & Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment 
Legal compliance September 2019 Sustainability Appraisal: Scoping Report
Housing In progress Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment
Infrastructure June 2019 Playing Pitch Strategy - Draft Strategy & Action Plan
Infrastructure March 2019

Playing Pitch Strategy - Assessment Report

Dorchester In progress

North of Dorchester Garden Community

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