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Local Planning Policy - North Dorset

The local plan for North Dorset consists of the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (adopted 2016), as well as policies retained from the District-Wide Local Plan (adopted 2003). Communities can also produce neighbourhood plans to provide more detail for their area. The adopted local plans and 'made' neighbourhood plans form the 'development plan' for North Dorset. All planning decisions must be made in accordance with the development plan unless 'material considerations' indicate otherwise.

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Milborne St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan 2018 to 2033

The referendum relating to the Milborne St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan took place on 8 August 2019. The result of the referendum was that a majority (91%) voted for Dorset Council to use the neighbourhood plan to help decide planning applications in the Parish of Milborne St Andrew. The Plan was considered by Dorset Council's Cabinet on 1 October 2019 and the decision was made to make the neighbourhood plan part of the development plan for the Parish of Milborne St Andrew.

Motcombe Neighbourhood Plan

Following a successful examination, the Motcombe Neighbourhood Plan is due to go to referendum on Thursday 7 November 2019.

Work on a single Dorset Council Local Plan begins

Dorset Council cabinet agreed on 25 June 2019 to stop progressing work on the North Dorset local plan review. Instead, the council has begun work on a new Dorset Council Local Plan. Where possible, information and evidence gathered as part of the North Dorset local plan review will be used to inform the new Dorset Council Local Plan.

Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan 2011 - 2033

The Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan 2011 - 2033 has been submitted to the Council for independent examination. The public and other interested parties had from Friday 15 February to Friday 29 March 2019 to make any comments they may have about the plan and its associated documents. An independent examiner (Mr Terry Kemmann-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI) is currently examining the plan. The examiner issued a question to Dorset Council and the Steering Group, Blandford Forum Town Council as part of the examination. Dorset Council and Blandford Forum Town Council sent a response to the examiner on 18 June 2019.

A non-statutory exploratory meeting relating to the plan took place on Thursday 22 August 2019 at 10am. The meeting took place at Blandford Parish Centre, The Plocks, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7DW. Full details are set out in the Notice of Exploratory Meeting, the Agenda of the Exploratory Meeting and the Meeting Notes of the Exploratory Meeting.

Dave Chetwyn of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC (A Locality appointed Planner supporting the neighbourhood plan) has sent a letter to the examiner following the Exploratory Meeting.

Hearing on 12 November 2019

A hearing relating to the plan will take place on the 12 November 2019. The hearing will start at 9am and it will take place at The Badger's Sett, Sealy Suite, The Crown Hotel, West Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AJ. 

Further important information regarding the hearing is set out in the Notice of Public Hearing.

Sport & Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment

Consultants have produced a Sport & Leisure Facilities Needs Assessment on our behalf to help inform both plan-making and development management decisions.

Brownfield Land Register

The Brownfield Land Register for North Dorset was last updated in December 2018.

Brownfield land registers are intended to provide up to date and consistent information on brownfield sites that local authorities consider to be appropriate for residential led development. Registers will be in two parts. Part 1 will comprise all brownfield sites appropriate for residential development and Part 2 those sites granted permission in principle. Registers should be published locally as open data and will provide transparent information about suitable and available sites.

The North Dorset Brownfield Land Register is available for download in a machine readable CSV file and a human readable PDF document: 

Community Infrastructure Levy - update

We submitted our Draft Charging Schedule for examination in October. The submitted documents and other information can be found on the North Dorset Community Infrastructure Levy page.

We have now received the examiner's report in which the Examiner concludes that our charging schedule is an appropriate basis on which we can introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy. 

Following the publication of the Government's Housing White Paper and the Government commissioned Community Infrastructure Levy Review the Council is reviewing whether to adopt its CIL Charging Schedule. In the interim, Section 106 agreements will continue to be used in order to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms.

The North Dorset Local Plan

The North Dorset Local Plan sets out our approach to managing planning development in the district.

North Dorset Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation

We are embarking on producing a new Local Plan for the District, which will replace both the North Dorset District-Wide Local Plan (1st Revision) (adopted in January 2003) and the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (adopted in January 2016).

As part of this process we consulted on an Issues and Options Document from the 27 November 2017 to 22 January 2018. We are now processing the responses that were received during this period and will issue a consultation report in due course.

Neighbourhood planning in North Dorset

The Localism Act 2011 introduced the right for communities to draw up neighbourhood plans for their areas.

North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (Links to Examination Documents)

The North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (LP1) and associated documents were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 5 December 2014. An Examination in Public took place in March 2015 to consider the soundness of the Plan. The Council received the Inspector's Report on the Examination of the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 on 17 December 2015.

North Dorset Additional Planning Policy Documents

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 came into effect in September 2004 and it involved changes to the planning system, including the way development plans are prepared.

North Dorset Community Infrastructure Levy

We are reviewing whether to adopt the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule following the publication of the Government's Housing White Paper and the Government commissioned Community Infrastructure Levy Review.

In the interim, Section 106 agreements will continue to be used in order to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms. Guidance on Section 106 agreements can be found in the Government's Planning Policy Guidance.


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