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

On 15 July 2021 Dorset Council made a decision to designate the Wimborne St Giles Neighbourhood Area as submitted by Knowlton Parish Council under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended. The application includes agreed consent from Cranborne & Edmondsham Parish Council and the Vale of Allen Parish Council where the area application extends into these adjacent parishes.

On 8 July  2021 Dorset Council made a decision to designate the Knightsford Neighbourhood Area (comprising of the parishes of Tincleton, West Knighton, West Stafford and Woodsford) under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended.

The Arne, Blandford +, Chickerell, Milton Abbas, Portland, Puddletown and Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plans were all formally made (adopted) by Dorset Council on the 22 June 2021.  Further information regarding these plans, including the plans themselves, can be accessed via the made neighbourhood plans page.

Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted for examination.  If you wish to comment please contact us by Friday 30 July 2021.  More information is available on our Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan page.

On 9 June  2021, Dorset Council made a decision to designate the whole of the parish of Buckhorn Weston & Kington Magna as a neighbourhood area under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended.

The Wareham Neighbourhood Plan examination has concluded, and the examiner’s report has been issued. More information is available on our Wareham Neigbourhood Plan page. 

On 2 June  2021, Dorset Council made a decision to designate the whole of the parish of Colehill as a neighbourhood area under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended.

The Holwell Neighbourhood Plan Review consultation has now ended.  More information is available on our Holwell Neighbourhood Plan page.

Knowlton Parish Council have submitted an area application for a Wimborne St Giles Neighbourhood Area. The application includes agreed consent from Cranborne & Edmondsham Parish Council and the Vale of Allen Parish Council where the area application extends into these adjacent parishes.  A decision will be made at Cabinet on 27 July 2021. 

On 3 March 2021, Dorset Council made a decision to designate the whole of the parish of Corfe Mullen as a neighbourhood area under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended.

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 251010
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