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.

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Neighbourhood planning news

The referendum of the Sturminster Marshall Neighbourhood Plan is taking place on Thursday 29 August 2024. 

The Buckhorn Weston and Kington Magna Neighbourhood Plan was formally made part of the development plan by Cabinet on 9 July 2024. For more details, see our Buckhorn Weston and Kington Magna webpage.

The Alderholt Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted for examination. A 6 week consultation on the submitted plan took place between Wednesday 15 May to Tuesday 25 June 2024. Andrew Mead BSc (Hons) MRTPI MIQ has been appointed as the examiner. To view the plan and for details of the examination, see our Alderholt 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
Tel: 01305 838334
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