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Land availability

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.

Since October 2019 Planning Officers have been visiting and assessing sites. This work is nearing completion and will be published on this page by the end of August 2020.

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, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ 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
Tel: 01305 251010
Full contact details for Planning Policy

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