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Planning constraints

Information about the range of planning constraints that affect an area when development proposals are made.

For a brief summary of these constraints, see an overview of planning constraints in Dorset.

Dorset Explorer (opens in a new window) can provide an initial map based overview but you are advised to contact the relevant planning authority for site specific information.

The range of planning constraints that may need to be taken into account in relation to developments includes the following:

Removal of permitted development rights

Read more about Removal of permitted development rights
Certain types of development are 'deemed' to have planning permission without the need for making a planning application.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Read more about Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
AONBs have been confirmed by the Government as having the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty.

The South East Dorset Green Belt

Read more about The South East Dorset Green Belt
If the location of your development is on the South East Dorset Green Belt, this will have an effect on your planning application.

Conservation Areas

Read more about Conservation Areas
Dorset has many attractive villages and other areas of special architectural or historic interest.

Listed buildings

Read more about Listed buildings
A listed building is one which has been considered of sufficient architectural and/or historic interest to warrant special protection within the planning system.

Nature conservation

Read more about Nature conservation
Any development proposal has the potential to have an impact on conservation sites and protected species, either directly or indirectly.
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