Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

Dorset Council has begun work on a new Dorset-wide Local Plan. To help in this process the council carried out a 'call for sites' in October 2019 to identify sites that may have potential for development over the next 15 years and beyond.

Dorset Council has now published its first Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) which is available as a live database and as GIS interactive mapping (to view, select layer control on the menu bar, (BETA) Planning Applications, SHLAA 2019). Sites have been assessed for their development potential and are attributed one of three conclusions; Developable (including affordable housing exception sites), Suitable subject to policy change, or Unsuitable. Please note that although the assessment is an important source of evidence to inform plan-making the assessment does not in itself determine whether a site should be allocated for development, which is the role of the Local Plan. The 2019 SHLAA assesses all sites submitted in the October 2019 ‘call for sites’ and was published in September 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the SHLAA please contact the Planning Policy team using the contact details found at the bottom of this page.

Renewed 'call for sites'

The ‘call for sites’ is an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs. The council would be interested in sites that may be suitable for housing, employment, affordable housing, and gypsies, travellers or travelling showpeople. This will help to ensure that there is sufficient land available within our local areas to meet our development needs.

If you own or part-own any site(s) larger than 0.3 ha in size or with a site capacity of 10 dwellings or greater, that may have development potential, please let us know by completing and submitting our site submission form. Before completing your form, please read the following guidance note. A methodology also accompanies this land availability assessment. Completed forms should be returned using the contact details below.

All site owner details submitted as part of the ‘call for sites’ will remain confidential. This is an open consultation. We welcome the submission of sites at any time.

Completed site submission forms can be posted to Planning Policy, Dorset Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ or emailed to

If you are unsure whether to submit a site, you may prefer to have a brief informal discussion over the phone with a planning policy officer before submitting a form. 

Data protection and freedom of information 

The information collected in this response form will be used by your local planning authority to inform Spatial Policy decisions and related evidence.

By responding you are accepting that your response and the information within it will be in the public domain, and that it may be disclosed if requested under the Freedom of Information Act. However, any published information will not contain personal details of individuals.

Your information will be retained by the council in line with its information retention schedule. Your data will be destroyed once the plan becomes redundant.

If you have any concerns about how your information is used please contact:

Planning Policy

Name: Planning policy team
Name: Dorchester office
Tel: 01305 251010
Full contact details

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