Have your say on Poole’s planning blueprint

Local people are invited to give their comments on the proposed modifications to the draft Poole Local Plan during the final phase of public consultation.

The draft Poole Local Plan aims to deliver 14,200 new homes, jobs and infrastructure in Poole by 2033 and provides the planning framework for how this can be achieved.

The proposed modifications were highlighted by the Planning Inspector and Borough of Poole during the recent examination process and aim to enhance the overall plan.

The Council is seeking the views of local people on two schedules of modifications:

•   Main modifications – required to ensure the plan is declared ‘sound’
•   Additional modifications – minor amendments to update and improve the plan

The public consultation will run from Friday 20 July for a seven week period, closing at 12pm on Friday 7 September 2018.

•   Read the consultation documents
•   Complete the online consultation response form

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “The Planning Inspector has written to the Council to confirm that the draft plan is capable of being found ‘sound’ and ‘legally compliant’ subject to the recommended modifications.

“This does not mean that the Inspector has reached a conclusion on the soundness of the plan at this stage. His conclusions will be set out in his report at the end of the examination process so it is important that local people take this final opportunity to have their say and help shape the future of Poole. The seven week consultation closes on 7 September to allow responses from those people who may be on holiday over the summer months.”

The draft Poole Local Plan 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

The draft plan aims to support the protection of the South East Dorset Green Belt by adding land south of Bearwood to the Green Belt.

As well as supporting the Council’s ambition to regenerate the town centre, the draft Poole Local Plan also outlines steps to create the Stour Valley Park concept, a new public open space that could eventually extend from Wimborne to Christchurch.

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

The Poole Local Plan enables us to meet the needs of our residents both now and in the future and help guide development and change across the town.

Following the public consultation, the Inspector’s final report is expected to be issued to the Council. If the Inspector finds the plan ‘sound’, subject to the recommended modifications, it is anticipated the plan could be adopted towards the end of 2018 setting out a new framework for Poole to meet its needs and guide development to 2033.

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