The Solent Forum

Working in partnership for the future

Dorset County Council

Name and address of organisation Dorset County Council
c/o Environmental Services Directorate
Dorset County Council
Planning Division
County Hall
Dorset DT1 1XJ

Tel. No. 01305 224760
Fax No. 01305 224875

Main contact Ken Buchan, Coastal Manager
Bridget Betts, Dorset Coast Forum Co-ordinator
Jodie McGregor, Dorset Coast Forum Officer
Type of organisation Local Authority
Terms of reference
  • Strategic Planning, including County Structure Plan
  • Minerals and Waste Planning
  • Specialist advice - ecology, landscape, historic buildings, archaeology
  • Strategic Emergency Planning
  • Countryside Management, and Rights of Way
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Strategic coastal management.
Membership The County Council has 44 elected Members.
Geographical Area The County of Dorset, population approximately 673,000.
Publications Please view publications list.
Relevant projects/initiatives Dorset Coast Strategy, part of EU Demonstration Programme in Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
Affiliations The County belongs to:-
  • The Standing Conference on Oil and Gas Development in the English Channel (SCOG)
  • The Standing Conference on Problems Associated with the Coastline (SCOPAC)
  • The South West Regional Planning Conference (SWRPC)
  • The Dorset Coast Forum
  • The Lyme Bay Coastal Forum.

The County Council is also represented on:-

  • The Southern Sea Fisheries District Committee
  • The Environment Agency Flood Defence Committee
  • The Poole Harbour Management Steering Group.