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 raise objections based on “Material Planning Considerations”* and/or make other observations to the Planning authorities sometimes in support of the application.

*Material planning considerations


Each application is discussed among Councillors and a “corporate” response to each application is submitted to West Dorset District Council and subsequently published on the planning applications website along with those from other members of the public. (see hereunder)

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

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  (Thursday morning surgery paragraph)

 Planning Application Search and Advice

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

In the drop down “Which Authority” box select West Dorset District Council.

In the drop down “Recent applications” box choose the period for your search.

Enter Bradpole in the Parish box and search.

This will provide details both of current applications, the results of recent applications and a “make a comment” box where responses to individual planning applications can be made by members of the public for general publication.

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 will receive a letter informing you of the committee date and inviting you to attend. WDDC have produced a guide to those wishing to speak at these meetings which can be found by following this link:

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:

West Dorset information on Developers Contributions:


Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL):

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.

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

To read more about the Local Plan for West Dorset go to:

An interactive version(opens in a new window)of the Local Plan is available.



Read our page about The Wider Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan.