Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework

The Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework 2020 to 2025 Supplementary Planning Document was adopted by council on 31 March 2020 and came into immediate effect. The SPD is accompanied by an Adoption Statement, a reference list and a consultation report

The SPD sets out a strategy under which planning applications for residential development can be determined and avoid adverse effects on the integrity of the Dorset Heathlands. This includes mitigating the impact of additional visitors to heathlands that can cause disturbance to protected birds.

Residential development within 400 metres of the heathlands is strictly controlled. Natural England have provided detailed maps showing 400 metre zone around the protected heathland sites. 

Mitigation is necessary between 400 metres and 5km of heathland. This is through Heathland Infrastructure Projects (HIPs) and Strategic, Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM). HIPs are usually secured through the payment of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) but SAMMs are secured by planning obligation.

The cost of delivering SAMM for BCP Council is: 

  • £394 per house
  • £269 per flat

Payment of SAMMs can be made prior to the grant of planning permission as an upfront payment (Section 111 of the 1972 Local Government Act); or prior to commencement (Section 106 Agreement or unilateral undertaking). Standard templates for these can be found on the Section 106 Planning Obligations page. There is an administration charge of 5% of the total contribution payable, subject to a minimum charge of £75 and capped to a limit of £1,000 per contribution. The SAMMs rates will be increased in line with inflation every year on 1 April. 

Contact details


01202 633321

Growth and Infrastructure
BCP Council
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 17 April 2020
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