Bradpole Parish Council’s Role in the Planning Process

Bradpole Parish Council, in line with other Parish Councils, is NOT empowered  to either agree or decline Planning applications. However the Parish Council is involved in the planning process for each application that falls within the Bradpole Civil Parish insomuch that it is able to support or raise objections based on Material Planning Considerations and make other comments to the Planning authorities.

The Local Planning Authority will only make their decisions based upon Material Planning Considerations.

Each application is discussed among Councillors and a “corporate” response to each application is submitted to the Local Planning Authority and subsequently published on the planning applications website along with those from other members of the public.

Please note that with the unification of councils effective from April 2019 there will be a new DORSET COUNTY system in place. The information on this page is correct as at October 2018 but changes will occur over the forthcoming months as transition to the new system occurs. We shall endeavour to keep the information up to date during this period.

Current applications can be found on the Home Page of this website which is regularly updated.

Developers are encouraged to undertake pre-application consultation, see below**, and may wish to contact the Parish Council for advice on how best to engage with the local community.

Whilst the Parish Council is not empowered to make planning decisions some guidance is provided in the links on this page and you may also seek Parish Council help for an explanation of the process by contacting:  or by visiting the weekly Parish Council surgery, see About Your Parish Council  

Community infrastructure Levy (CiL)

For some developments within the civil parish the developer, whether it be for one dwelling or many, is asked to pay a levy to the Local Authority, a proportion of which is passed on to the Parish Council to help fund the local infrastructure.

To learn how our councillors determine where these funds are to be spent if, and when, received see:


 West Dorset information on Developers Contributions:

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL):

Planning Application Search and Advice

Current planning applications for Bradpole can be found on-line at:

Please note that, for security reasons, to make comments you will be asked to  register.

Whilst most Planning decisions are made by delegated WDDC officers sometimes applications are called up to a full Planning Committee Meeting. When this happens members of the public may attend these meetings. If you have written to the District Council about a specific application you should receive a letter informing you of the committee date and inviting you to attend.

** If you are thinking of making a planning application West Dorset District Council offer pre-application advice and have a step~by~step guide, including fees, follow this link:

When submitting a planning application there is some information that is a statutory requirement which means that the application cannot be processed without it. If you fail to submit something on the validation checklist your application will be judged as invalid until all the required information is presented. To read this check list follow this link:

Bradpole Civil Parish has a number of areas of potential flood risk, planning applications close to these areas may require a FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT. DEFRA has a website dedicated to providing information for applicants at:

For more Planning information and up to date news on this ever-changing subject have a look at the UK Government Planning Portal


 Information about the 2015 Local Plan and Review for West Dorset

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council adopted the 2015 Local plan in October 2015. The 2015 Local Plan forms the main basis for making decisions on planning applications.

Adoption Statement 2015 Local Plan

The Local Plan sets out a long-term planning strategy for the area and includes detailed policies and site proposals for housing, employment, leisure and infrastructure.

Following advice from the Planning Inspector a review of the Local Plan is currently underway.

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council commissioned a landscape and heritage assessment to form part of the evidence base for the Local Plan Review, the report informs the site selection process in the Local Plan Review and assesses the sensitivity of potential sites based on Landscape and Heritage impacts. Within this assessment is a specific report for the Bridport Area which covers sensitive areas within Bradpole Civil Parish including Area 1 around Bradpole village conservation area, Area 2 Lee Lane and Area 8  Watton Hill and Pymore. 2018 Landscape Assessment Bridport

The plan review will start to gain some weight as a material planning consideration as it progresses towards adoption. The degree of weight given to each draft policy will vary, depending on whether or not the issue is contentious and to what extent it is consistent with the  national planning policy framework(opens in a new window)Open this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

Read our page about The Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan.