Webinars, podcasts and questions - understanding the plan

Supporting the local plan development are a series of related webinars and podcasts.  

Talk Dorset Podcasts

What is the local plan and how you can have your say - Listen to Cllr David Walsh explain the Dorset Council Local Plan consultation and how you can get involved.

Affordable housing - listen to Senior Planning Policy Officer Frances Summers and Housing Enablers Chris McDermott and Paul Derrien discuss affordable housing answering questions such as What is affordable housing? How can the Dorset Council Local Plan help provide affordable housing? and What are exception sites?

Housing need - Listen to Hilary Jordan and Nick Cardnell explain how housing need is calculated and the impact of Government's changes to the way it is worked out.

The Development and Spatial Strategy - Listen to Terry Sneller and Amelia Rose discuss the Development and Spatial Strategy of the Dorset Council Local Plan. Find out about the Plan's settlement hierarchy, the functional areas of Dorset, and the strategy for the distribution of development in sustainable locations.

Climate Change - Listen to Planning Policy Officer Christopher Lee and Environmental Assessment Officer Oliver Rendle discuss the Dorset Council Local Plan and how it can help towards tackling climate change. 

Webinars, animations, and soundbites

We held webinars throughout the consultation period on key themes within the plan. Each webinar consists of a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. Recordings of the webinars, as well as short animations and soundbites giving information of specific topics can be found on the Dorset Council Local Plan playlist, on the council's YouTube channel. Direct links to the individual webinars can also be found in the table below.

Table of Dorset Council Local Plan consultation webinars

 Webinar  About the webinar Watch the webinar

Distribution of development webinar

Including settlement hierarchy and the spatial distribution of development. 

Distribution of development webinar - watch it on YouTube

All things environmental webinar

Including climate change, renewable energy, flooding and biodiversity.

All things environmental webinar - watch it on YouTube

Central Dorset and heritage webinar

Towns, housing and employment sites in central Dorset, and heritage in the Dorset Council Local Plan.

Central Dorset and heritage webinar - watch it on YouTube

Western Dorset and landscape webinar

Towns, housing and employment sites in western Dorset, and landscape in the Dorset Council Local Plan. 

Western Dorset and landscape webinar - watch it on YouTube

Housing webinar

Including housing need, neighbourhood planning and affordable housing. Housing webinar - watch it on YouTube

South Eastern Dorset and the Green Belt webinar

Towns, housing and employment sites in south eastern Dorset, and the Green Belt in the Dorset Council Local Plan South Eastern Dorset and the Green Belt webinar - watch it on YouTube
Northern Dorset and design webinar Towns, housing and employment sites in northern Dorset, and design issues in Dorset Council Local Plan. Northern Dorset and design webinar - watch it on YouTube

Economy and community webinar

Including employment sites and information about collecting money from development. Economy and community webinar - watch it on YouTube

 Commonly asked questions 

We get asked a lot of questions about the Local Plan. Please select the relevant topic or area to see answers to some of the questions we have received:

Planning Policy

Name: Planning policy team
Name: Dorchester office
Email: planningpolicy@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 251010
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