Dorset Council Local Plan Consultation – we need your views


The proposals for West Parley are grouped with those of Ferndown. The plan shows the existing 2 proposals for the land East and West of New Road but show the original figures from the EDDC Local Plan, namely 320 and 150 respectively. In reality the East of New Road planning application is for 386 houses, with large supermarket, office and retail and no application has been submitted yet for the land to the West.
Additionally, this plan proposes 700 dwellings on Dudsbury Golf Course, 400 off Angel Lane and industrial estate behind Haskins. The Plan can be viewed online and residents are encouraged to comment before the statutory deadline of 15th March 2021, so that Dorset Council has a true reflection of residents' opinions.

View the Local Plan

Planning affects us all. The Council’s planning policies are set out in Local Plans which are the legal starting point in determining planning applications. Public and stakeholder engagement is an important part of the plan making process. Involving residents, businesses, organisations, experts, infrastructure providers and town and parish councils allows local knowledge and expertise to be gathered from a wide range of perspectives. This consultation sets out recommended strategies and policies meeting the requirements of Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning Act (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

Between 18 January 2021 and 15 March 2021 you are able to comment on the proposals.

Dorset Council have produced a draft Local Plan containing proposals for guiding future development in the Dorset Council area up to 2038. The plan outlines the strategy for meeting the needs of the area such as housing, employment, and community services including schools, retail, leisure and community facilities. The plan directs development to the most suitable locations near to existing facilities, and detailed policies promote high quality development that respects and enhances the character of each area. The plan also protects Dorset's natural environment and contributes towards the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

What is in the plan?

View the Dorset Council Local Plan consultation on the council’s website
Paper copies of the plan are available for loan via click and collect from your local Dorset Council library (Covid-19 permitting)
If you are shielding volunteers can help you pick up a paper copy of the plan for you from your local library. Find out more about support for those shielding

Find out more

Listen to or watch webinars
We are holding webinars throughout the consultation period on key themes within the plan. Each webinar will consist of a short presentation followed by a question and answer session.
The timetable for webinars is as follows:

Date Topic Time
Tuesday 26 January Distribution of development: including settlement hierarchy and the spatial distribution of development. 12-1pm
Thursday 28 January All things environmental: Climate change, renewable energy, flooding and biodiversity. 12-1pm
Tuesday 2 February Central Dorset towns, housing and employment and landscape. 12-1pm
Thursday 4 February Western Dorset: towns, housing and employment sites and heritage 12-1pm
Tuesday 9 February Housing: including housing need, neighbourhood planning and affordable housing. 12-1pm
Thursday 11 February South Eastern Dorset: towns, housing and employment sites and the green belt 12-1pm
Tuesday 16 February Northern Dorset: towns, housing and employment sites and Design 12-1pm
Thursday 18 February The Economy, community and collecting money from development 12-1pm

Telephone the team

We also have a dedicated phone line available during the consultation period open Monday to Friday from 10am – 2pm. Telephone 01305 252500 to speak to a member of the team.

Planning surgeries for groups

Town or Parish councils, organisations or community groups can attend a planning surgery during the consultation period to discuss any queries with officers. Limited spaces are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday from 10am until 2pm. Telephone 01305 252500 to reserve your slot.

How can I make a comment?

Please note:

I want to make my comment online

View and comment on the plan
The benefits of doing your response this way are as follows:

I want to email you my comment

We also accept responses emailed to us at, completed on the specified response form.

I want to write my comment on paper

There are paper copies of the response form available upon request for those without internet or computer access. Please telephone 01305 252500 to request your copy. This is an important part of helping to shape the first local plan for the whole Dorset Council area. We appreciate your time and your comments.