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Council calls for housing sites in new local plan

Dorset Council has begun work on a new Dorset-wide Local Plan which will set out new homes, commercial areas and community facilities, whilst protecting the county’s special environment.

To help in this work, the council is carrying out a ‘call for sites’ to identify land that may have potential for development over the next 15 years and beyond.

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “The ‘call for sites’ is an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believe could be suitable for future homes and jobs.

“The council is interested in sites that may be suitable for housing, employment, affordable housing or for gypsy and travellers and travelling showpeople.

Councillor Walsh continued: “Telling us about potential sites now will help give us an understanding of what sites, or wider locations, are available to meet the need for homes, jobs and facilities now.”

If you own or part own any site(s) larger than 0.3 ha in size, or with a capacity for 10 homes or more, that may have development potential, please let the council know by completing and submitting a site submission form which can be downloaded here.

If you are a landowner or agent who has previously submitted a site to any previous ‘call for sites’ in Dorset, the council has asked for you to resubmit your details.

Alternatively, paper copies can be requested from the council’s spatial planning team by email at planningpolicyteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or by calling 01305 251010.

Completed forms can be posted to Dorset Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ or email planningpolicyteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

All site owner details submitted as part of the ‘call for sites’ will remain confidential. To be assessed sites will need to be submitted by Friday 25 October 2019.

The council has a legal requirement to produce and adopt a new local plan by April 2024.

A local plan outlines the strategy for ensuring growth is delivered in the right place, and is of the right character and quality.

It also ensures that growth is delivered with the supporting roads, schools and services such as health, as well as retail, leisure and community facilities.

The Dorset Local Plan will eventually replace the local plans adopted by the district councils and the borough council that existed before Dorset Council was formed.