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Supplementary planning documents and guidance

Supplementary planning documents (SPD's) give more information to certain aspects of Local Plans, they do not have the same status.

Consultation on the Update of The Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework Supplementary Planning Document

We are consulting on an update to the Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework Supplementary Planning Document. A joint consultation between Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP Council) and Dorset Council that is taking place from Friday 3 January to Monday 3 February 2020.

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Poole Harbour SPD - in progress

The Borough of Poole and Purbeck District Council have prepared a draft supplementary planning document (SPD) to build upon and provide more detailed advice and guidance on policies in the Purbeck Local Plan Part 1, the emerging Purbeck Local Plan submission draft and Borough of Poole’s recently adopted local plan.

Some recreational activities (including dog walking and cycling) around Poole Harbour can cause disturbance to wading birds which live or visit the harbour and are protected under European law.  These recreational activities are connected with the people who live around the harbour. Further residential development in Poole and Purbeck, around the harbour, is likely to have an adverse effect on these protected habitats. The draft SPD sets out how the Borough of Poole and Purbeck District Council will mitigate the impact of development by taking a financial contribution and using this to provide wardening and other mitigation measures.

The joint public consultation on the draft SPD finished on Monday 4 March 2019. The draft SPD and further supporting information is available on the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council website. 

After considering all of the responses that were received, and deciding whether the draft SPD needs to be changed, officers will prepare a consultation report and final version of the SPD for consideration by the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Dorset Council. Officers will keep websites updated with progress on the draft SPD.

Adopted SPD's

All of Dorset

Purbeck area


East Dorset


North Dorset

West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland


Village design statements:

We have produced a number of interim position statements on planning obligations guidelines, Weymouth Town Centre flood defence contributions policy and affordable housing policy HOUS1.

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