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Planning Policy

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.

Planning policy areas

Whilst work is being progressed on a new local plan for Dorset, the existing planning policy documents will still apply to the areas they covered previously.

There are also separate minerals plans and waste plans covering Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

Neighbourhood plans

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.

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