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Local Plan Review Consultation - West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland

Find out what consultation is happening on planning policy in West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland.

Current consultations:

The Preferred Options review of the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Joint Local Plan closed on the 15 October 2018, we are now collating all the responses from the consultation.

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The documents are still available to view online. The Preferred Options document (and separate policies map amendments) sets out the overarching vision, strategic priorities, strategic approach and draft policies for the plan area. The document sets out a preferred approach to meet development needs. It is also proposes to revise some other policies in response to changes in national policy and legislation.

The Preferred Options consultation ran from 13 August 2018 to 15 October 2018. During this period, drop in events were held at the following locations:

  • Sherborne, Digby Memorial Hall - Wednesday, 29 August 10am to 7pm
  • Portland, St Georges Centre - Thursday, 30 August 10am to 7pm
  • Dorchester, South Walks House - Friday, 31 August 10am to 7pm
  • Crossways, Village Hall - Tuesday, 4 September 10am to 7pm
  • Charminster, Village Hall - Thursday, 6 September 10am to 7pm
  • Beaminster, Town Hall - Friday, 7 September 10am to 7pm
  • Lyme Regis, Woodmead Hall - Monday, 10 September 10am to 7pm
  • Weymouth, Redlands Sport Centre - Wednesday, 12 September 10am to 7pm
  • Bridport, Leisure Centre - Thursday, 13 September 10am to 7pm
  • Chickerell, Willowbed Hall - Friday, 14 September 10am to 7pm

Here you can view the display boards from the public consultation:

Paper copies of the consultation material are also available at:

To support the Preferred Options consultation document, a sustainability appraisal has been produced which assesses the potential environmental, social and economic impacts associated with the draft policies, evaluates their overall performance in terms of sustainability, and suggests ways to reduce the adverse effects and maximise the beneficial effects of these policies. The reasons for selecting the Preferred Options, given the alternatives considered at the Issues and Options stage, are also provided in this report.

Equalities Statement

We have prepared an Equalities Impact Assessment for the public consultation on the Preferred Options document to ensure we are doing as much as we can to make the consultation accessible to everyone across West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland.

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) defines how local people and other planning stakeholders can get involved in developing planning policy documents and planning applications and related consents.

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have worked together to prepare a Joint Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

The SCI sets out how West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will involve residents, businesses and other organisations in decision-making on planning policy and local development. Both councils recognise the importance of effective community involvement in shaping future development and this document explains how the councils aim to achieve this.

Neighbourhood Plans

For the latest news and progress on neighbourhood plans, please see our neighbourhood planning page.

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