Dorset Council planning for climate change consultation

Closed 8 Jun 2023

Opened 20 Apr 2023


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Dorset Council has prepared three draft guidance documents to assist in addressing climate change through planning.  The documents provide guidance on considering climate change when planning applications are being prepared and decided. The documents are:

  1. Planning for climate change: Interim Guidance and Position Statement - provides commentary on the weight that can be given to climate change in decision making and sets out considerations for new buildings and stand-alone renewable energy schemes in relation to climate change, given current planning policy. 
  2. Sustainability Checklist - to be completed by applicants in support of planning applications. The checklist covers sustainable design and construction measures for new development, and provides best practice guidance on what can be done to achieve net zero carbon development. Please see the associated questions in relation to changes to paragraph 39 of the Council's Local List of planning application requirement: Sustainability checklist and statement.
  3. Listed buildings: what you can do for climate change – a guidance note outlining measures to consider when looking at energy efficiency in Listed Buildings. 

We are asking for your views on these draft documents, before they are published for use.

The consultation documents can be found throughout the online survey, either as pdf documents (which can be downloaded) or online within the survey, in fully accessible format. If you need to be sent accessible versions of the documents please contact us on the details provided. We have also produced brief summaries of the documents' content.

Data Protection and Freedom of Information

The information collected in this survey will be used by your local planning authority to inform Spatial Policy decisions and related evidence. 

By responding you are accepting that your response and the information within it will be in the public domain, and that it may be disclosed if requested under the Freedom of Information Act. However, any published information will not contain personal details of individuals.

Your information will be retained by the council in line with its information retention schedule. Your data will be destroyed once the plan becomes redundant.

If you have any concerns about how your information is used please contact: