Our guide to developing in Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth and PortlandWeymouth and Portland is a small Dorset local authority. It combines the resort town of Weymouth and its environs with the Isle of Portland projecting down into the English Channel. Portland is probably best known for its building stone – a white-grey limestone which continues to be quarried. Weymouth found its profile raised as the venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.



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Key points about developing in Weymouth and Portland

Development Plan: Weymouth and Portland adopted a new Local Plan jointly with West Dorset in October 2015.

Pre-application advice: Weymouth and Portland charges for this service with the cost depending on the scale of proposal with no charge for householder development. Call us for advice on whether this service is worthwhile in your case.

Affordable Housing: The national affordable housing threshold of 10 units (or 1000 sqm) is applied. For developments larger than this threshold the level of affordable housing required will be 25% in Portland and 35% in Weymouth and West Dorset.

Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 contributions: Weymouth and Portland charge CIL at the following rates:

Dwellings (all areas except Portland): £93 per sqm

Dwellings (Portland): £80 per sqm

All other development types are zero-rated.

Special policy restrictions:

Significant areas of the Borough including much around the town centre are restricted in terms of new residential development due to future predicted flood risk.

Useful Links

Weymouth and Portland (Dorset for You) Planning Homepage

Planning Applications Search

Planning Policy