Purbeck Local Plan - Further Proposed Main Modifications

In response to comments received on the Purbeck Local Plan Proposed Main Modifications Consultation, which closed earlier this year, we are consulting on limited Further Proposed Main Modifications around Policy V2 and I5, which are considered to be necessary to ensure that the plan is sound.

We are inviting comments on the:

Their importance and context are explained below. 

Further Proposed Main Modifications consultation December 2021

The Purbeck Local Plan Examination Interim Mitigation Strategy for Heathland Habitat Sites (2018/19 to 2023/24) sets out Further Proposed Main Modifications around policy V2 and I5 and considers a range of projects that could provide heathland mitigation in the event that the strategic SANG at Morden is not delivered.

The key Further Proposed Main Modifications (referenced as FMM6, FMM7, FMM76 and FMM77) are detailed in Appendix 5 of the FMMCD1: Purbeck Local Plan Examination Interim Mitigation Strategy For Heathland Habitat Sites (2018/19 to 2023/24).

These Further Proposed Main Modifications give rise to a series of minor consequential Further Proposed Main Modifications: FMM3, FMM66 and FMM82, which are set out in Appendix 6 of the FMMCD1: Purbeck Local Plan Examination Interim Mitigation Strategy For Heathland Habitat Sites (2018/19 to 2023/24).

The proposed modifications are displayed as follows:

Additional text is presented in bold and underlined and any text which the council suggests should be deleted is struck through.

A number of minor errors and typographical mistakes have been identified in the Interim Mitigation Strategy. The errors and mistakes are listed as errata which you can view by following this link to 'Errata - Interim mitigation strategy for heathland habitat sites (2018/19 to 2023/24)'

Responding to the consultation

This is not an opportunity to raise matters relating to other parts of the Plan that have already been considered by the Inspector during the examination. Weight will not be given to representations that repeat matters raised and discussed at hearing sessions or in earlier responses.

Responses on the Further Proposed Main Modifications consultation must:

  • be made using the response form below 
  • include the respondent's name and address 
  • be submitted by 11:45pm on 24 January 2022

We are unable to accept anonymous responses.

Make your comment

Alternatively, a Response Form, extra Part B and Part C can be downloaded and completed electronically or printed off and filled out manually. The responses should be sent to planningpolicy@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or to: Spatial Planning, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01929 557384 or at planningpolicy@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

All responses will be summarised and forwarded, along with copies of the original submissions, to the Inspector for her consideration.

Main modifications

Planning law allows local plans to be modified after they have been submitted. Modifications are divided into two categories:

  1. Those that are needed to make the plan legally compliant or sound – these are referred to as proposed Main Modifications; and

  2. Those that are needed to correct minor errors or factual inaccuracies (these changes are not required in order to make the plan legally compliant or sound) – these are referred to as Additional Modifications.

Following hearing sessions in 2019, and after considering a Post Hearing Note from the Planning Inspector, the council has prepared a schedule of proposed Main Modifications [MMCD1] to the local plan which are considered necessary to ensure that the plan is legally compliant and/or sound. The consultation draft composite list of proposed Main Modifications supersedes those presented earlier in the examination process in SD14. Each proposed Main Modification has been given an updated reference for the current consultation. (The references in SD14 will not be used for the current consultation).

For each proposed Main Modification the council has presented:

  • the policy, or supporting text, as it was drafted in the submission draft version of the Purbeck Local Plan [SD01a];
  • an explanation of why the changes are needed in order to make the local plan sound or legally compliant; and
  • a modified version of the policy, or supporting text, showing the changes from the text, as it was drafted in the submission draft version of the local plan. (Any additional text is presented in bold and underlined and any text which the council suggests should be deleted is struck through. Where appropriate, the proposed Main Modifications indicate where a new paragraph would be inserted).

These proposals were presented in a tracked version of the submission draft of Purbeck Local Plan.

The council also presented a document showing minor typographical errors along with an updated drafts of composite schedule of proposed Main Modifications (MMCD1) and published these on 3 December 2020. The tracked version of the submission draft Purbeck Local plan was also revised to reflect the corrections in MMCD1.

The council has also prepared an updated version of the Purbeck Local Plan (2018-2034) policies map(s) [MMCD2]. The Purbeck Local Plan (2018-2034) policies map only relates to those policies in the local plan. This policies map(s) [MMCD2] does not refer to policies or policies maps of the other development plan documents. For further information on the policies map please refer to a paper prepared by the council.

Updated assessments and supplementary evidence

As part of work on the proposed Main Modifications, and in response to changes in planning laws following examination hearing sessions in 2019, the council has prepared updates to previously published evidence and supplementary evidence including:

Relevant submission documents published in the course of the examination

The Council published a series of papers and supporting evidence, in response to representations, made over the course of the local plan hearing sessions and to the pre-submission draft plan. It has also re-published a selection of these papers and evidence which relate to the proposed Main Modifications including:

All of the submission documents [SD] can be viewed on the Local plan examination webpage. Whilst the council’s previous assessment of Housing Need [SD85] and its Review of Sources of Housing Supply [SD86] are no longer up-to-date these papers have informed the preparation of the 5 Year Housing Land Supply [MMCD5] presented in this consultation.

Responses to the main modifications consultation

After the consultation on the composite schedule of proposed Main Modifications closed we have been working on processing the representations that the council received and preparing a consultation response document.  The council's consultation response document includes its summaries of the matters and issues raised in the representations and its response.  

Responses 1 to 21

Responses 22 to 35

Responses 36 to 40

In the course of reviewing the responses the council identified what it considers are substantial issues relating to the delivery of a holiday park (Policy 15) and proposed release of land from Green Belt (Policy V2) at Morden.  In order to address these substantial issues the council has invited the Planning Inspector to consider further revisions, made a proposed Main Modifications, that would involve deleting the parts of those policies that support Green Belt release at Morden and delivery of a holiday park.  These changes would relate to these policies (Policy V2 and Policy 15), their supporting text and any other references to these policies in other parts of the local plan.  The Inspector will consider all of the representations (in full), the council's consultation response document and the issues raised by the council before deciding how the examination should proceed.

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