Planning for development in or around the Dorset AONB
The landscape and beauty of Dorset is protected in planning, and all public bodies and statutory undertakers must have regard to the area's AONB status in performing their duties in accordance to The Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000.
The Dorset AONB Partnership acts as an adviser to local planning authorities, but unlike National Park Authorities, they do not prepare statutory planning documents or determine planning applications. Instead they rely on the district, borough and county councils to follow their own individual AONB planning policies in order to protect the area's natural beauty from 'harm', and to have regard for the primary purpose of the AONB to “conserve and enhance natural beauty”.
The AONB partnership are consulted on a variety of planning applications that are likely to have a significant impact on the AONB landscape and features, or which would set a precedent. However, they do not tend to comment on applications which have a limited impact, residential extensions for example.
If you have any queries or questions about how the AONB status may affect development proposals or planning applications, the AONB partnership are obliged to advise you to contact one of the Local Planning Authorities for direct advice...
Needless to say, if you are unsure about how your proposal may be affected, we would encourage you to take advice from a local, independent planning expert before approaching the council...
Dorset County Council
North Dorset District Council
Purbeck District Council
Somerset County Council
0300 123 2224
East Devon County Council
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
01305 838 000
South Somerset County Council
Devon County Council
0345 155 1015
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Devon - Somerset - Dorset
01326 727 828
01452 234 934
01264 513 813
Hants & Wilts
01372 897 697
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That said, large, unique extensions and complete 'one off' domestic overhauls really do float our boat... so please get in touch!
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