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Strategic Planning

Co-operation between organisations is a vital part of developing planning policy. Some planning issues cross administrative boundaries and are more effectively dealt with strategically.

To support the review of the local plan and the Issues & Options consultation, the councils have produced an  Issues & Options Duty-to-Cooperate Statement setting out how it has cooperated with other organisations. This statement will be updated as the plan progresses towards adoption, summarising the cooperation that has taken place.

Strategic Planning in Dorset

Many planning issues cross administrative boundaries and it is important that there is a mechanism that ensures this happens effectively. Therefore a 'Duty to Cooperate' was introduced by the Localism Act 2011, to ensure that local planning authorities and other public bodies work together in relation to the planning of sustainable development that extends beyond their own administrative boundaries. Local planning authorities must demonstrate their compliance with the Duty to Cooperate when their Local Plan is examined.

A Memorandum of Understanding on the Duty to Cooperate has been signed by Local Authorities in Dorset. The agreement shows the councils' intent to work together to meet the requirements in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Localism Act. The agreement builds on the strong foundation of existing joint working in Dorset, extending this to a range of statutory agencies and other organisations including neighbouring planning authorities that share boundaries with any of the Dorset councils.

A separate Memorandum of Understanding has also been developed with South Somerset District Council, West Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council and Somerset County Council.

Minerals and Waste

The Minerals and Waste Planning Authority is responsible for producing plans and strategies that guide minerals and waste development in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. More information on the minerals and waste planning policy is available.

Gypsies and Travellers

The Government requires local authorities to plan more positively for new Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeoples sites where it is shown they are needed. As a result, all of the local authorities in Dorset are now working together to produce a  Dorset-wide Gypsy and Traveller joint development plan document (DPD) which will allocate permanent and transit sites to meet identified needs for the next 15 years.

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