Dorset Shake Up

In case you haven’t seen the news, Councils in Dorset are set to merge in ‘the biggest shake-up to local government in more than 40 years’ according to the Dorset Echo. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has been considering the ‘Future Dorset’ proposals for more than a year which will see the existing nine authorities replaced with two unitary councils for the whole of Dorset:

  • Weymouth and Portland, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck and West Dorset will be replaced by a single unitary authority.
  • Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch will form a second authority with the new organisation taking effect in April 2019

For more details see:

CALM Meeting: Thurs 8th Feb. 7:30pm at the Rose & Crown, Lytchett Matravers

Wishing you all a belated ‘Happy New Year’

The next CALM Meeting will be on Thursday 8th February 2018 – at the Rose & Crown & there’s lots to talk about.

As part of the Purbeck Local Plan Review, Purbeck District Council (PDC) is again seeking views on possible new planning policies relating to second homes, affordable homes and sites for new homes.   All households and businesses in Purbeck should have received a special edition of ‘About Purbeck’ in January which contained details of the consultation and the questionnaire. If you have not received your questionnaire please contact Public Perspectives on 0800 533 5386 or

There is more information on the PDC website at and you can download the ‘About Purbeck’ details at :

There are also several drop-in events across Purbeck. The Lytchett Matravers meeting is on Saturday 17th Feb at the Village Hall from 10am to 4pm.

Date Time Location
Saturday 3 February 10am – 4pm The Purbeck School, Worgret Road, Wareham BH20 4PF
Saturday 10 February 10am – 4pm Emmanuel Baptist Church, 160 Victoria Avenue, Swanage BH19 1AZ
Saturday 17 February 10am – 4pm Lytchett Matravers Village Hall, High Street, BH16 6DD
Thursday 22 February 3pm – 6pm St Dunstan’s Church Lounge, Poole Road, Upton BH16 5JA
Saturday 24 February 10am – 4pm D’Urberville Centre, Colliers Lane, Wool BH20 6DL
Saturday 3 March 10am – 4pm Bere Regis Scout Hut, Elder Road, BH20 7LY
Saturday 10 March 10am – 4pm Moreton Village Hall, The Common, DT2 8RE

The Council has also arranged an infrastructure drop-in event on Thursday 1 March from 2pm to 5pm in the Council Chamber, Westport House, Wareham. This will provide an opportunity to talk to representatives from organisations responsible for transport, public services and facilities, such as Dorset County Council and the NHS.

More than one council tax payer in your house?

The council have confirmed that the public consultation is not limited to one view per household. Everyone who is a council tax payer is entitled to have their say. So, if you need more copies of the questionnaire just contact Public Perspectives who will send you additional questionnaires if there is more than one council tax payers resident at your address (as above contact Public Perspectives on 0800 533 5386 or

New Gov Planning Consultation: Get your views heard

The Dept for Communities & Local Government has published a new 8-week consultation asking for your comments on:

  • Its proposed approach to calculating local housing needs
  • Statement of common ground
  • Planning for a mix of housing needs
  • Neighbourhood planning
  • Approach to viability assessment
  • Planning fees

The housing White Paper, Fixing our Broken Housing Market,  set out proposals to tackle the housing challenge the country faces. It also stated that further consultation on specific issues would follow.

This new consultation therefore seeks views on a number of proposed changes to planning policy and legislation.    This consultation is open to everyone.  The Government are keen to hear from a wide range of interested parties from across the public and private sectors, as well as from the general public.  If you have any question about the consultation please email:

Deadline for response: 9th November 2017

Consultation responses should be submitted by online survey:

Get involved now.