Have your say on key planning policy for Poole Harbour

Local people are being invited to have their say on a draft planning policy affecting recreational activities around Poole Harbour.

Borough of Poole and Purbeck District Council are jointly consulting residents on the draft Poole Harbour Recreation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The draft SPD sets out the monitoring and future mitigation required to protect Poole Harbour from increased residential development and the impact human activities have on birds’ behaviour or their survival.

Some recreational activities around Poole Harbour, including water based activities, dog walking and cycling, are disturbing wading birds protected under European law and are having an adverse impact on estuarine habitats. As these activities are carried out by local people living close to the Harbour, it is likely that further residential development around the Harbour in Poole and Purbeck will have a greater impact on the nationally and internationally designated sites.

The two Councils want to hear the views of local people on the measures required to mitigate the effects of recreational activities around the Harbour in order to allow future development to take place.

People can view the documents on online at www.poole.gov.uk/pooleharbourrecreationspd, Paper copies are available in libraries in Poole and Purbeck, the Town Council Offices in Purbeck and the two Councils’ planning receptions during their normal opening hours.

Responses can be emailed to planning@poole.gov.uk with ‘Poole Harbour Recreation SPD’ in the subject box. Alternatively comments can be posted to Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, Dorset BH15 2RU by the deadline of Monday 4 March 2019.

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Borough of Poole, said: “Poole Harbour is an outstanding natural feature and unsurprisingly is very popular with local people and visitors.’’

“We have worked closely with Natural England and Poole Harbour Commissioners to develop this joint strategy, which will be used by each of the Local Planning Authorities to determine residential planning applications in this area. With approximately 11,393 new homes planned around the harbour in the future, this means more visitors to Poole Harbour and more recreational activities, resulting in greater disturbance to the birds and their habitat.’’ 

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “It's important for us to try to balance people’s enjoyment of and future development around Poole Harbour whilst also protecting the wealth of marine habitats, birds and animals that inhabit the area.”

It’s Councillor Peter Webb, Environment Portfolio Holder, Purbeck District Council, added “This is a good example of joined up working across councils to deal with shared issues. We are keen to hear local residents’ views about this important document.’’ 

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