A new Planning Policy was written in 2012, to incorporate the Conservation Policy, the old planning policy, and trees policy into a single updated policy. The Planning Policy was amended at the 2017 AGM to add a section encouraging appropriate economic activity for the village. The following is the Executive Summary for the new Policy; click here for the full Planning Policy document.


Executive Summary

This document lays out the criteria used by the Sutton Poyntz Society to comment on planning applications relevant to the village.

It is hoped that developers, Weymouth and Portland planning officers, and members of the Weymouth and Portland Planning Committee will find it helpful. It is also self evident that as a consequence of the publication of this document there is no danger at all of comments by the Sutton Poyntz Society being influenced by personal considerations. Planning in the end is a matter of judgement. We have laid out the background to our judgement in this document for all to see.

It is important to realise that the Sutton Poyntz Society welcomes beneficial development and that the criteria described here are additional to the regulatory requirements which apply routinely.

This document has been written to provide guidance to those accessing planning applications within the village. It is not intended to be prescriptive about what can or cannot be built, extended or developed. It is intended to provide some guiding principles to ensure that the many various development criteria are adhered to and that the principles behind the declaration of the village as a Conservation Area are upheld.

The Society will assess planning applications against these criteria, and will advise the local planning authority of any conflicts, so that the planning authority can take due account of those matters in their consideration of the application.

Principles for planning specifically in Sutton Poyntz:

  1. Preservation of the visual separation from town of Weymouth.
  2. Preservation of the compact shape of the village and the open views of surrounding hills from within the village.
  3. Preservation of the view of the village from the surrounding hills and AONB.
  4. Protection of the character of the Conservation Area through sympathetic design and scale of development.
  5. Protection of the visual context through the use of appropriate materials and construction.
  6. Protection of the rural nature of the village environment.
  7. Provision of appropriate and adequate infrastructure.
  8. Encouragement of economic activity that provides employment or facilities.