Dorset Council - Planning System
For information on making a planning application, commenting on someone else's or getting pre-application advice, please look here.
West Dorset Local Plan
Most new buildings or major changes to existing buildings or to the local environment need consent - known as planning permission. The local planning authority is West Dorset District Council and Char Valley Parish Council is a formal consultee on all applications submitted in our area.
Here is a link to the adopted West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan 2015. This document, which will open as a PDF file is the overarching strategic policy on planning in our area.
For details of applications on which Char Valley Parish Council has been consulted and the Council's responses please see the Planning Log subpage. This also contain details of our consultation process.
CVPC Responds to Government White Paper on Planning
The Government has published two consultations, one of which sets out proposals for a completely new national planning system and the other proposes shorter-term amendments to the current system. Changes to the standard national methodology for working out local housing need would increase the amount to be planned for in Dorset. The longer-term overhaul of the planning system, binding housing targets for every council would be set by national government, taking into account household projections, local housing affordability, and environmental constraints.
Local plans would map every part of their area as suitable for growth, renewal or protection making sure that enough land is identified for growth to meet the housing target. In areas identified for growth or renewal, developers would not need to apply for outline planning permission as this would automatically be secured for the forms and types of development specified in the plan. Communities would be involved at plan-making stage, but would not have the chance to comment again on the principle of development at application stage.
A new infrastructure levy would replace the existing Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106 planning agreements.
The changes would have a huge impact on the preparation of the new Dorset Council plan and suggest that the new style local plans should all be in place by 2024.
Char Valley Parish Council responded to the consultation papers as follows:
CVPC response to the UK Government's White Paper 'Planning for the Future'.
See the Bridport Local Area Partnership response here.
Recent Dorset Council planning applications (with expiry date) affecting our parishes:
Recent Dorset Council planning decisions affecting our parishes:
Search and comment on local planning applications
To see local planning applications, follow this link and then search by Ward or Parish or enter a house or place name or other keyword to find recent planning applications.