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The Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework SPD 

The Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework SPD has now been updated to cover the period 2015-2020 to take account of changes in the planning system, most notably the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy and its relationship with s106 agreements. In addition, the arrangements that have been in place since the introduction of the Interim Planning Framework in 2007 have been reviewed and the draft document reflects the new arrangements agreed by the local authorities.


Current Consultation

Consultation on the draft SPD commences on Wednesday 7th January and closes on Wednesday 18th February 2015. The public consultation document can be found at the top of the downloads column to the right or a hard copy can be obtained from the Council offices and local libraries of the relevant local authorities i.e. Bournemouth, Christchurch, Dorset, East Dorset, Poole and Purbeck.

Borough of Poole is co-ordinating the consultation arrangements on behalf of the local authorities and any comments on the consultation document should be sent by email to planning@poole.gov.uk with ‘Dorset Heathland Consultation’ inserted in the subject box, or alternatively in writing to Dorset Heathland Consultation, Planning and Regeneration Services, Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU.


The SPD was adopted by the Borough of Poole at its Full Council meeting of 26th June 2012. The SPD came into effect on the 20th September 2012. Subsequently the Council at its meeting on 22nd April 2014 extended the timeframe of the document until 31st December 2014.

The SPD replaced the Dorset Heathland Interim Planning Framework (IPF). In practice there was no change to the way that the SPD works compared to the previous IPF. However, the advantage and purpose of converting the IPF to a SPD was to bring it inline with the current planning system with it becoming part of each of the participating local authorities Local Development Plans.  

The timetable for the SPD is set out below: