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 20 September 2022 Dorset Council made a decision to designate the Bradford Abbas & Clifton Maybank Neighbourhood Area as submitted by Bradford Abbas Parish Council under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended.  The application includes agreed consent from representatives of Clifton Maybank Parish Meeting.

The Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan Review has been submitted to Dorset Council for independent examination. The public and other interested parties had from Friday 1 July 2022 to Friday 12 August 2022 to make comments about the plan review with regards to its content and how it has been prepared. An independent examiner, Andrew Mead BSc (Hons) MRTPI MIQ, is currently examining the plan and responses received during the consultation have been made available to him as part of the examination process.

The Stinsford Neighbourhood Plan was made (adopted) by Dorset Council on 21 June 2022. More information is available on our Stinsford Neighbourhood Plan page. 

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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