Settlement Boundaries – final – 1v0

Settlement Boundaries
Where do they come from?
What do they do?
What is the future?
Where do they come from?
North Dorset District-Wide Local Plan
(Adopted in January 2003)
In the introductory text it states that the Local Plan seeks
a sustainable development pattern for the District where
growth is concentrated in the main towns of Blandford,
Gillingham and Shaftesbury and to a lesser extent on
Sturminster Newton and Stalbridge and that in the villages
growth will be permitted through limited small-scale
developments for the economic and social well-being of
the community.
What do they do?
Policy 1.4: Development in the villages
States that ‘viable village communities will be sustained
by accommodating new economic activity and modest
housing development within their settlement
What do they do?
Policy 1.6: Development in the Countryside
In the areas beyond the defined settlement boundaries,
most forms of residential and commercial development
for general needs will not be permitted.
What do they do?
However, the following uses may be granted permission,
subject to the relevant policy and assessment criteria:
• Development required for Agriculture and Forestry
• Rural Buildings: Re-use & Adaption
• Rural “Exception” sites for Affordable Housing for Local
• Housing for Agricultural & Forestry Needs
• Housing: Dwelling extensions and replacement
• Employment Development for Local Needs
• Countryside Tourism
• Countryside Recreation
• Infrastructure (e.g. roads, sewers, energy, telecoms etc)
North Dorset District - Wide Local Plan 2003
Bourton Inset Map
What does that mean?
The future ……..
North Dorset Local Plan - 2011 to 2026 Part 1
Consultation Stage
Issues & Alternative Options for the Core
Draft Core Strategy and Development
Management Policies DPD
Key Areas for the Revision of the Draft Core
Consultation on the Local Plan Part 1 Presubmission Document
Submission of the Local Plan Part 1 to the
Secretary of State
Public Examination
June – July 2007
March – May 2010
October – December
November 2013 –
January 2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
The future ……..
North Dorset Local Plan - 2011 to 2026 Part 1
Pre-submission Document
Policy 2 – Core Spatial Strategy
Outside of the defined boundaries of the four main
towns, the remainder of the District (including
Stalbridge and all the District’s villages) will be
subject to countryside policies where development
will be strictly controlled unless it is required to
enable essential rural needs to be met.
The future ……..
Settlement Boundaries
Outside of the main towns the settlement boundaries
defined around all other settlements in the North
Dorset District-wide Local Plan 2003 are to be
removed and these settlements will be subject to
countryside policies unless new settlement
boundaries are defined in neighbourhood plans or
site allocations in Part 2 of the Local Plan.
What does that mean?
In the countryside development will be more strictly
controlled with an emphasis on meeting local and
essential rural needs. Such needs may be met through:
countryside policies
neighbourhood planning, or
by opting in to the Local Plan Part 2 Site Allocations
Policy 20: The Countryside
Development in the countryside (including Stalbridge
and the villages) outside the defined settlement
boundaries of Blandford, Gillingham, Shaftesbury and
Sturminster Newton will only be permitted if:
a) it is of a type appropriate in the countryside, as set
out in the relevant policies of the Local Plan,
summarised in Figure 8.5; or
b) for any other type of development, it can be
demonstrated that there is an ‘overriding need’ for it
to be located in the countryside.
Figure 8.5
Type of Development
Policy Policy
Renewable energy schemes
Rural exception schemes
Occupational dwellings
Re-use of heritage assets
Re-use of redundant or disused buildings
Sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople
The reuse of existing rural buildings
Redevelopment or expansion of existing employment sites
Equine-related developments
Rural tourist accommodation
Retention of community facilities (commercial & non-commercial)
New community facilities (non-commercial)
Examples of overriding need for a countryside location
electricity pylons, gas or water pipelines and
telecommunications installations;
essential additional facilities or accommodation for
existing institutions, such as independent schools;
formal and informal outdoor facilities for sport and
recreation and other uses, such as allotments
In the countryside development will be more strictly
controlled with an emphasis on meeting local and
essential rural needs. Such needs may be met through:
countryside policies
neighbourhood planning, or
by opting in to the Local Plan Part 2 Site Allocations
Neighbourhood Planning
Neighbourhood plans help local communities:
to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood;
choose where new homes, shops, offices and other
development should be built (in addition to development
that is permitted under countryside policies, as discussed
identify and protect Local Green Spaces or include
policies to protect local character; and
influence what new buildings should look like.
Neighbourhood plans are about meeting local
needs, which could be achieved in different ways.
Local communities have choices
Option 1 – Default countryside policies apply
In Bourton the question is - Do you think this will meet
your local needs?
Yes - you do not need to make additional provision in
your neighbourhood plan
No – Then the local community need to consider how
much additional growth is needed and how it is to be
Option 2 – Review the settlement boundary and have
a policy of infilling
However, this is not a simple case of reinstating the 2003
Local Plan boundary as the village of Bourton has
changed since this boundary was created in the late
1990s .
A settlement boundary needs to be based on up to date
evidence and assessed using a standard criteria.
Option 3 – Allocate specific sites for growth
Identify specific sites throughout the village for growth
(this can include market housing and employment land)
The Council suggest that the local community use
SHLAA as a basis for identifying sites but you can also
call for more sites to be included as part of the appraisal
Remember sites need to be deliverable so the land
owners need to be on board.
Option 4 - A combination of Options 2 and 3
A settlement boundary with an infilling policy
and allocated sites
Option 5 - Meeting Local Needs in the Countryside
by ‘Opting in’ to the Local Plan Part 2
As an alternative, or in addition to, meeting local
needs for housing, employment or other forms of
development through countryside policies and
neighbourhood planning communities in Stalbridge
and all the District’s villages will be able to ‘opt in’ to
Part 2 of the Local Plan that allocates specific sites for
housing and employment growth together with other
land allocations.
The future ……..
In summary there are 5 choices
Option 1 – Rely on the default countryside policy
Option 2 – Additional local growth using a settlement boundary
and infilling policies
Option 3 – Additional local growth by allocating specific sites for
Option 4 – Combination of Option 2 and 3
Option 5 – Opting in to the Local Plan Part 2 prepared by the
Council for certain types of growth
All options for additional growth will need to be explored through
the plan making process and subject to Strategic Environment
Assessment (SEA) if one is necessary.

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