Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework Supplementary Planning Document

Friday 3rd January (08:00) - Monday 3rd February 2020 (12:00)

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP Council) and Dorset Council are jointly consulting on the ‘The Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework Supplementary Planning Document’ (SPD). The SPD covers the period 2020-2025 and supports the interpretation and implementation of statutory development policies set out in local plans.

The aim of the SPD is to set out an avoidance and mitigation strategy that will enable us to grant planning permission for new residential dwellings. The strategy ensures that the urban pressures (visitors, fire, etc.) associated with new housing can be mitigated to avoid harm to the Dorset Heathlands.

The strategy was first introduced in 2007. This latest update replaces the previous version that covered the period 2015-2020. Please note that this is an update of the current SPD with the intention of rolling forward the existing strategy. It is not a review of the strategic approach. Each Council will engage in a full review of the strategic approach to avoidance and mitigation through the emerging local plans later in 2020. If you would like more information about that review please contact us.

The Consultation

We are consulting for a 4 week period from Friday 3 January to Monday 3 February 2020. This is the statutory required consultation period for an SPD. The consultation document is available on the both Council’s websites and in local libraries:

BCP Council is collating the responses on behalf of both Councils so you only need to send your comments to BCP Council.

How to respond

We prefer you to respond by email to:  - Please title the email as ‘Heathland SPD’.

Or you can send a response by post to:

Strategic Planning
Growth and Infrastructure
Civic Centre
BH15 2NS

Please ensure your response is submitted by midday on Monday 3 February 2020.

The feedback will be used to inform the final draft SPD. A consultation report and final version of the SPD will go to committee for adoption with the intention of replacing the current SPD on 1 April 2020.