A NEW system for searching and commenting on planning applications in west Dorset is to be introduced.

The new ‘IDOX Public Access’ system, set to launch later this month in west Dorset and Weymouth and Portland, has been designed to provide an efficient and easy-to-use process for users.

North Dorset District Council has already introduced the system.

Anyone using the system will be able to create a profile in order to submit comments on applications.

This will also enable the opportunity to save searches and track applications as they go through the planning process.

Jean Marshall, head of planning at North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “The ease of use of our planning database is at the forefront of any system changes we make.

“The new system will be significantly more efficient and easy to use for both officers and the public.”

A user guide will be available when the system has launched.