Neighbourhood Planning is about giving local people a say over the future growth of their area. They can say what new homes will look like and where they will be built, where employment should be located, what community facilities should be protected or what others are needed, as well as protecting green spaces and the environment:

Neighbourhood planning news

The referendum on the Buckhorn Weston and Kington Magna Neighbourhood Plan took place on Thursday 20 June 2024. A majority voted in favour of the plan. The next step is for the plan to be formally made by Cabinet on 9 July 2024. For more details, see our Buckhorn Weston and Kington Magna webpage.

Alderholt Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted for examination. We are holding a 6-week consultation on the submitted plan between Wednesday 15 May to Tuesday 25 June 2024. To view the plan and to respond to the consultation, go to the Alderholt Neighbourhood Plan consultation page.

The examiner’s final report on the Sturminster Marshall neighbourhood plan has been issued. To view the plan and the examiner’s report, see our Sturminster Marshall Neighbourhood Plan webpage.

How neighbourhood plans related to adopted local plans in Dorset Council

When adopted, neighbourhood plans become part of the development plan for the area. See the adopted local plans. This means they will sit alongside the Local Plan and be considered in deciding whether or not planning permission should be given. Plans that will be adopted after the adoption of the Dorset Council Local Plan will become part of this plan.

Please see the maps below showing the designated neighbourhood areas and the neighbourhood plans in the Dorset Council area:

Planning Policy

Name: Planning policy team
Name: Dorchester office
Email: planningpolicy@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 838334
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