Public Consultations

Dorset school Admissions consultation

Dorset Council are running the annual consultation on the School Admission Arrangements 2021/2022 with effect from Monday 14th October 2019 to Friday 22nd November 2019. Details of the consultation will be available to view at

Responses must be submitted either in writing to School Admissions Team, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ or by email to by Friday 22nd November 2019.

The key dates for the consultation are set out below:

Dorset LA consultation begins

14th October 2019

Dorset LA consultation ends

22nd November 2019

Own Admission Authorities (including Dorset LA) determine Admission  Arrangements

28th February 2020

Own Admission Authorities (including Dorset LA) publish Admission Arrangements

15th March 2020

Deadline for Objections to Office of the School’s Adjudicator

15th May 2020



Changing Places Consultation

The government have launched a consultation seeking views on the proposal to mandate changing place facilities in specific new, large buildings visited by the public, including major refurbishments.

The consultation seeks views on the thresholds at which the facilities will be made mandatory in new or largely refurbished buildings of different types, such as overall floor space, visitor numbers or attendance capacity. It also seeks views on the size of Changing Places toilets as well as the range of equipment that must be included.

You can find the announcement of the launch as well as the consultation itself on the following links:…

 Deposit Return Scheme

The government are having a consultation to find out people's views on a deposit return scheme for drinks containers including bottles and cans.

The cost of the deposit would be added to the price of the drinks included in the scheme when they are purchased. This deposit would be redeemed when consumers return their empty drinks containers to a designated return point.

If introduced, the hope is that a deposit return scheme will increase recycling and reduce littering of drinks containers included in the scheme.

You can give your views through the website here:  




Dorset and Poole consultation pages


For all current consultations affecting Dorset you can access the Dorset Consultation Tracker here:

For all current consultations affecting Poole you can access the Poole consultation page here:


Government Consultations

You can find details of current, active government consultations here:

Results from previous consultations

Local Council Changes

Councils across Dorset have consulted on changes to the structure of local government. There is more information and links to the results here:


Parliamentary Boundary Changes

The Boundary Commission for England is conducting a review of parliamentary constituencies, reducing the number of MPs to 600. To view the proposals, learn about the review and find out the results when they are published click here: