Our guide to developing in the Purbecks

Purbeck is a largely rural district centred around the Isle of Purbeck which is of course actually a peninsula  The district does however extend significantly inland including to the urban edge of Poole taking in the settlement of Upton – the western extremity of the South East Dorset Conurbation. The other main settlements are the towns of Swanage and Wareham.



Latest News from Purbeck

Approved: two storey rear extension to house in Upton, Dorset

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Won on appeal: retail and residential development at Lytchett Matravers, Dorset

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Key points about developing in Purbeck

Development Plan: The principle document is the adopted Core Strategy (also known as Purbeck Local Plan Part 1: Planning Purbeck’s Future).

Pre-application advice: Purbeck charges for this service – for written advice: single property or site less than 0.1 hectare £183.60 (£153 +VAT) and any site larger £244.80 (£204 +VAT). Meetings are extra. Call us for advice on whether this service is worthwhile in your case.

Affordable Housing: Affordable housing is required on schemes of 2 units or more or sites of 0.05ha and larger. The requirement is 50% provision in the southeast (Swanage and most of the Isle of Purbeck and the coast) and 40% in the northwest (Wareham, Wool, Bere Regis, the Lytchetts and Upton).

Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 contributions: No standard S106 contributions. Purbeck have adopted CIL with charging applied to all decision notices issued on or after 05 June 2014. The rates are:

A1 (retail) – £75 per sqm district wide

A2, A3, A4 and A5 (financial and professional services in town centre; restaurants/cafes; drinking establishments; and hot food takeaways) – £20 per sqm district wide

C2 (care homes) and C3 (sheltered and retirement housing) – £100 per sqm in Swanage/The Coast; £30 per sqm in Wareham/Purbeck Rural Fringe; and nil rate in Upton/Purbeck Rural Central

C3/C4 (other residential dwellings) – £180 per sqm in Swanage/The Coast; £100 per sqm in Wareham/Purbeck Rural Fringe; £30 per sqm in Purbeck Rural Central and £10 per sqm in Upton

Everything else – nil

For a map showing the relevant areas see this post.

Special policy restrictions:

Areas of the District are within 400m of heathlands sites where no additional residential units are allowed.

The northeastern area of the District is designated Greenbelt.

The southern part of the District is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Useful Links:

Purbeck Planning Homepage

Planning Applications Search

Planning Policy