Planning policy facilitates housing, employment and infrastructure in the right places at the right time. It aims to protect the natural environment and provide a framework for decision making relating to development.
What the council changes mean for planning policy
As of 1 April 2019, there are 2 councils covering the Dorset area.
Dorset Council covers the areas that were formerly covered by:
East Dorset District Council
North Dorset District Council
Purbeck District Council
West Dorset District Council
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council
- Dorset County Council (excluding the area covered by the former Christchurch Borough Council)
The former Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Councils have merged to form the other. View their website.
The existing local plans
Whilst work is being progressed on a new local plan for Dorset, the adopted local plans will still apply to the areas they covered previously. Find out which Local Plan applies to your area.
There are also separate minerals plans and waste plans covering Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
The emerging local plans
A new local plan for Dorset Council is being prepared.
Within the Dorset Council area there are also a number of other plans that are currently in development, which began before the creation of the new council:
A large number of neighbourhood plans have been made (adopted) in the Dorset Council area. These form part of the development plan for the area that they cover. Furthermore, there are a large number of emerging plans. See the neighbourhood plans in Dorset
Planning policy by area
For planning policy work in your area (including local plans, neighbourhood plans, community infrastructure levy (CIL):
Select the area on a map
To see the planning policy documents that apply to your area, select the area on the map.