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.
Current applications can be found on the Home Page of this website which is regularly updated.
Developers, large or small, commercial or private, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Dorset Council information on Developers Contributions:
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
June 2019 Dorset Council are making preparations for a new Local Plan
More information at: DORSET COUNCIL
Information about the 2015 Local Plan and Review (suspended) for West Dorset
West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council adopted the 2015 Local plan in October 2015. The Local Plan, along with the National Planning Portfolio Framework (NPPF) form the main bases for making decisions on planning applications. In due course an adopted Neighbourhood plan would sit alongside these.
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 was instigated but was suspended in 2019 upon the creation of Dorset Council who will now consider a new Local Plan for the unified council.
Some of the work previously undertaken for the review of the West Dorset Plan will be available to inform the new Dorset Council Local Plan
West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council had 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