Dorset Local Plan and the Statement of Community Involvement
We are writing to make you aware that Dorset Council is beginning work on a new Local Plan. The Council has also drafted a Statement of Community Involvement, which will begin consultation on Friday 21 June.
Dorset Council began life on 1 April 2019, following the merger of Dorset County Council with the district/borough councils of East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland. As such, Dorset Council is now the local planning authority for the areas these authorities used to cover.
As the local planning authority, Dorset Council is required to produce a local plan for Dorset. When adopted, this will replace the local plans adopted by the former district and borough councils.
You have received this letter because your contact details are on a contact list used by one of the former councils. If you would like to continue being kept up to date with events relating to the Dorset Local Plan please let us know. The easiest way to do this is use the online form available from dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/planning-policy-news. Alternatively, please contact us for a paper form.
If you take no action, you will not be kept informed of events relating to the Dorset Local Plan. However, you will still be contacted in relation to the Purbeck Local Plan and the Dorset Waste and Minerals Plans. If you would like to be removed from either of these databases, please let us know.
Your contact details may be on more than one of the former council’s databases and therefore you may receive more than one of these emails. We are working hard to reduce the duplication from databases held by the former county, district and borough councils and using the online form available from dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/planning-policy-news will help ensure we hold the most up to date information about you.
Local planning authorities are also required to have a Statement of Community Involvement. The Statement of Community Involvement outlines how the council will involve the community on all planning matters. This includes producing a Dorset Local Plan, plans for minerals and waste, working with Neighbourhood Plan groups, and processing planning applications.
A six week public consultation on a new Statement of Community Involvement begins on Friday 21 June and runs to 02 August 2019. During this time the draft document can be viewed online at dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/planning-policy-consultations FROM FRIDAY 21 JUNE where you can also use the e-form to respond. Alternatively, a hard copy of the document can be viewed and response forms can be obtained from your local Dorset Council library and at the following Dorset Council offices during normal opening hours:
· County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ
· South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ
· Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PP
· Allenview House, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AG
· Nordon Lodge, 58 Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, DT11 7LN
· Council Offices, Commercial Road, Weymouth, DT4 8NG
· Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport, DT6 3JP
For full details of Dorset Council’s offices, including opening hours, go to: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/contact.
For full details of Dorset Council libraries, go to: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/find-your-local-library/local-library.aspx.
If you have any further questions, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the phone numbers below.
Dorset Planning Policy Team
01929 557384 / 01258 484224