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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.

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.

 TopicPublication DateDocument Title

Legal compliance

September 2019

Sustainability Appraisal: Scoping Report

Green Belt

January 2021

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

Housing

September 2020

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

Landscape and Heritage

October 2019 

North Dorset Strategic Landscape and Heritage Study

Landscape and Heritage

July 2018

West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland Strategic Landscape and Heritage Study

Economy

October 2016

Bournemouth, Dorset, and Poole Workspace Strategy

Economy

January 2021

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset Council Workspace Strategy update

Infrastructure

June 2019

Playing Pitch Strategy - Draft Strategy & Action Plan

Infrastructure

March 2019

Playing Pitch Strategy - Assessment Report

Infrastructure

April 2017

East Dorset: Sport and Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment Final Report

Infrastructure

April 2017

Purbeck: Sport and Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment Final Report

Infrastructure

April 2018

West Dorset: Sport and Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment Final Report

Infrastructure

April 2018

Weymouth and Portland: Sport and Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment Final Report

Infrastructure

April 2017

North Dorset: Sport and Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment Final Report

Infrastructure 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 

Dorchester In progress

North of Dorchester Garden Community

Additionally, the following pieces of evidence are currently being produced. When available they will be added to the above table:

  • East Dorset and Purbeck Landscape and Heritage Study
  • North of Dorchester Heritage Impact 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

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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