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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 a revised Local Development Scheme (September 2020) which was agreed at Cabinet on 8 September 2020, and sets out our predicted timetables for strategic planning matters over the coming years.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and government guidance on social distancing, certain approaches to consultation (such as making paper copies of the consultation material at council offices) will not be possible for a temporary period. Greater use of on-line methods will enable consultation to continue without face-to-face contact. The next consultation on the Dorset Council Local Plan is scheduled for early 2021 and the approach to consultation will be kept under review as the situation changes. If you have particular needs which prevent you from accessing online material, please contact the planning policy team.

Planning Policy

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

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 September 2020 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

Additionally, the following pieces of evidence are currently being produced:

  • Dorset Green Belt Review
  • Eastern Dorset Landscape and Heritage Sensitivity Assessment
  • North of Dorchester Heritage Impact Assessment
  • Wind Energy Opportunities Assessment

The following pieces of evidence are planned for the future (please note this is not a comprehensive list):

  • Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
  • Retail and Town Centre Needs Assessment
  • Housing Needs of Specific Groups Assessment
  • Local Plan Viability Assessment

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