Following a recent planning appeal decision at Shaftesbury a shortfall in the supply of new homes has been identified.

National planning policy requires all local planning authorities to identify and update annually suitable sites to meet housing needs for the next five years.

Whilst North Dorset District Council is now part of the new Unitary Authority known as Dorset Council, the North Dorset development plan remains in place for the time being.

Currently the council are only able to demonstrate a 3.3 year housing land supply which represents a significant shortfall.  This means the council is not on target to meet national requirements on housing land supply.

As a result the council’s planning policies on residential development are “out of date”. Under the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework the council must consider proposals against the presumption in favour of sustainable development to planning applications without delay, unless the impacts of doing so would significantly outweigh the benefits when assessed against the policies of the National Planning Policy Framework as a whole.

Therefore if you are a landowner in the North Dorset area and would like to investigate whether your land would be suitable for residential development why not contact the planning and development experts at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The multi-disciplinary partnership has a dedicated development land and planning department based in Taunton with chartered surveyors and town planners who deal with planning and development work throughout the South West of England.

They can provide you with all the necessary advice and expertise regarding your particular land. For further details please contact Tim Smith MRICS, Mark Chugg MRICS or Russell Williams on (01823) 334466.