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Local Plan Review - West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland

We are reviewing our adopted Joint Local Plan (October 2015) as required by National Planning Policy.

Preferred Options Consultation

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 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 September10am 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:

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.

Issues and Options Consultation

We consulted on Issues and Options for the review of the Local Plan between 6 February and 3 April 2017. This consultation formed part of the regulation 18 consultation. Responses received during this period have now been processed and a summary of the responses made by organisations and individuals to the consultation has been produced. Comments submitted to the consultation can be viewed in full using our consultation response search. Comments are searchable by chapter and by individual/organisation. You can view responses made on the Issues and Options document and the Sustainability Appraisal.

The next stage is to work towards the production of a "preferred options" document. This will take into account the consultation responses made to the Issues and Options consultation. If you wish to be kept up to date on the progress of the review, please register on our planning policy consultation page.

Review of the Local Plan

In his report on the examination of the local plan, the Inspector indicated that he considered it to be "imperative that an early review is undertaken". The objective of the review is to identify additional housing land capable of meeting housing need to 2036. Through the Local Plan Review the councils will also consider revisions to other policies in response to changes in national policy and legislation.

The councils have set out the full scope of this review in their updated Local Development Scheme (March 2016) and through subsequent committee reports taken to the West Dorset District Council Executive Committee and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Management Committee.

Many planning issues cross administrative boundaries and are the responsibility of a range of organisations. Cooperation on these issues is required under the 'Duty to Cooperate' and the councils are engaged in strategic planning across a range of issues as part of this duty.

The plan will start to gain some weight as a material planning consideration as it progresses towards adoption. The degree of weight given to each draft policy will vary, depending on whether or not the issue is contentious and to what extent it is consistent with the national planning policy framework.



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