Neighbourhood Planning is about giving local people a say over the future growth of their area. They can say what new homes will look like and where they will be built, where employment should be located, what community facilities should be protected or what others are needed, as well as protecting green spaces and the environment.

Neighbourhood Planning News

Stinsford Neighbourhood Plan has passed referendum with 91.1% in favour.  More information is available on our Stinsford Neighbourhood Plan page. 

The Yetminster & Ryme Intrinseca Neighbourhood Plan was made (adopted) by Dorset Council on 5 April 2022. More information is available on our Yetminster & Ryme Intrinseca Neighbourhood Plan page.

The Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan was made (adopted) by Dorset Council on 1 March 2022. More information is available on our Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan page.

Swanage was designated as a neighbourhood area on 22 February 2022. Details of the decision can be found here.

How neighbourhood plans related to adopted local plans in Dorset Council

When adopted, neighbourhood plans become part of the development plan for the area. See the adopted local plans. This means they will sit alongside the Local Plan and be considered in deciding whether or not planning permission should be given. Plans that will be adopted after the adoption of the Dorset Council Local Plan will become part of this plan.

Please see the maps below showing the designated neighbourhood areas and the neighbourhood plans in the Dorset Council area:

Planning Policy

Name: Planning policy team
Name: Dorchester office
Email: planningpolicy@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 838334
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