There's still time to have your say on planning for Poole's future
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There's still time to have your say on planning for Poole’s future

Local people have until midday on Friday 22 September to give their comments on two consultations that will steer future development in Poole.

The draft Poole Local Plan aims to deliver 14,200 new homes, jobs and infrastructure in Poole by 2033. It outlines:

  • sites for 6,000 homes in the town centre
  • 5,000 homes in other areas with the most access to public transport
  • 1,900 in the rest of Poole's urban area
  • 500 homes on Green Belt land in Merley and 800 on Green Belt land in Bearwood
  • the release of land at Creekmoor for education use to ensure Poole has enough school places by 2033
  • regeneration in the town centre

Residents can also comment on new sites identified through the previous consultation that are not yet included in the plan.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a locally set planning charge on development to help pay for the town’s infrastructure such as education, transport, health and community facilities.

Local people can say whether the revised set of CIL rates is appropriate to support landowners and developers bringing sites forward to help meet Poole's needs.

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: “Poole will see a lot of change over the period to 2033 including new homes, jobs and other facilities that will help Poole prosper over the coming years.

“The draft Poole Local Plan and draft CIL charges enable us to meet the needs of our residents both now and in the future and help guide growth and development across the town.”

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “These consultations are essential for the future planning of Poole. I would encourage residents to keep on providing their feedback and help shape Poole for the future.”

Following the public consultation, the draft Poole Local Plan and draft CIL rates are expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent inspection in winter 2017 with the aim of being adopted by summer 2018.

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