Not only are there parallels between East Devon and West Dorset when it comes to the planning and promise of 'relocating' their respective headquarters:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: comparing the West Dorset relocation project
Futures Forum: East Devon and West Dorset: relocation projects compared
... but both District Councils have been looking at some sort of 'merger' with neighbouring councils:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the longer-term demise of district councils... part eight: defining the term 'merger': "Each council would continue to set its own budget and remain independent, but work from one office."
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the longer-term demise of district councils... part seven: "In favour of efficiencies"
West Dorset publicly voiced the idea of a 'merger' back in 2010 - and yet, meanwhile, was planning to spend £10.7m on new headquarters:
BBC News - West Dorset and Weymouth councils merge 'to save £8m'
And now West Dorset with its 'partners' intends to prepare a joint Local Plan:
A New Draft Local Plan for West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland - dorsetforyou.com
It also seems that it's not just about saving cash:
Council merger job threat? - View from Online
... despite the promises made earlier:
BBC News - Dorset council partnership: 'No big job cuts expected'