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Examination of the North Dorset Local Plan - 2011 to 2026 Part 1

The North Dorset Local Plan - 2011 to 2026 Part 1 and associated documents was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 5 December 2014 for independent examination.

Post-hearing update

Consultation on the proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan Part 1 took place from 24 July to 18 September 2015. Responses received can be viewed on the Main Modifications Consultation Responses page.

The  Inspector's Preliminary Findings (MHD049) and draft main Modifications were considered by the full  Council at a meeting on 26 June 2015. The additional written work requested by the Inspector, consultation responses to the additional work received from participants and our response to this can be viewed on the Mid Hearing Documents page.

Planning Inspector

Planning Inspector Mr David Hogger has been appointed to conduct the examination of the North Dorset Local Plan 2011 to 2026 Part 1, to determine whether the Local Plan is sound.

Correspondence from the Planning Inspector

Look at copies of correspondence between the Planning Inspector and North Dorset District Council.

Main Modifications to the Local Plan Part 1

Following the hearing sessions into the Local Plan the Inspector has written to us with his  Preliminary Findings (MHD049), advising of issues raised which he considers would be best dealt with as Main Modifications. We consulted on the proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan from 24 July 2015 to 18 September 2015 and have forwarded all consultation responses to the Inspector.

A copy of the responses we received to the main modifications consultation can be viewed on the Main Modifications consultation responses page.

Local Plan Issue Statements

Read the Issue Statements submitted for the North Dorset Local Plan 2011 to 2026 Part 1 examination hearing.

Additional documents, Schedule of proposed changes (NDDC Hearing Change 1), Dorset Leaders' Growth Board Governance Review (NDDC Issue 1B), Stalbridge Opt in to Local Plan Part 2 resolution (NDDC Issue 1C), Policy 8 Affordable Housing track changes (NDDC Issue 4B) and Pegasus letter Issue 9 Shaftesbury (NDDC Issue 9B) were added to this page on 5 March 2015.

We have also recently published the  North Dorset Whole Plan Viability and CIL Study which has been included in our evidence base under infrastructure (INF016)

Mid Hearing Documents

All documents which have been submitted to the Inspector during the examination hearing and those which have been submitted after the hearing sessions are available on the Mid Hearing Documents page. This includes the additional written work requested by the Inspector during the hearing sessions.

Hearing Sessions

The examination hearing sessions took place between Tuesday 10 March and Thursday 19 March 2015.

Hearing Opening Statement

Hearing Closing Statement

Hearing sessions draft programme - Updated 16/3/15

Inspector's procedural guidance note

Inspector's issues and questions

Open letter from Programme Officer

Programme Officer

The Programme Officer for the examination is Mrs Christine Self MIBMS. The Programme Officer's contact details are:


Post: Homefield House, Homefield Road, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EG

Telephone: 01225 872654

Examination Library

All of the documents in the North Dorset Local Plan 2011 to 2026 Part 1 Examination Library can be viewed and downloaded.

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