Local people are being asked for their views on the Poole Quays Forum Neighbourhood Plan, which will guide development, regeneration and conservation in parts of Poole Town and Lower Hamworthy in the future.
Neighbourhood Plans give local people the power to shape the area where they live or work and, if adopted, will form part of the statutory development plan for the area. This means it will need to be taken into account when all planning-related decisions are made, especially the consideration of planning applications.
The Poole Quays Forum Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led plan. It contains a Vision, Aims and Objectives and Planning Policies for improving Poole Old Town, Poole Quay and Poole High Street south of the railway line. Hamworthy Local Centre is also within the Plan area, as is the eastern part of Hamworthy including the Port of Poole and the Regeneration Area which includes the former Power Station site.
There are six main themes within the Plan covering:
- Open space, public realm and good design
- Access and Movement
- Hamworthy Centre
- The High Street
- Poole Quay
- Partnership Working
People who live and work in and around the Plan area are encouraged to have their say on the Vision, Aims and Objectives, and Planning Policies contained in the Plan.
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: “The neighbourhood plan area will see a lot of change over the coming years including new residential and commercial development. We welcome everyone’s views on the Plan. It is particularly important that local people who live, work and carry out business within the Plan area, and those who may be affected by development in this area, comment on the policies being proposed by the Neighbourhood Forum. I would urge people to actively engage in the consultation so that the inevitable growth that takes place in this central area of Poole, will be sustainable for generations to come.”
Cllr Mark Howell, Ward Member for Poole Town, Borough of Poole, said: "Poole Quays Forum is great example of how businesses and residents can come together to shape the future of their local area. If adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will strengthen the Borough's planning policies and make it more likely that the town centre will be successfully regenerated."
Cllr Mike White, Ward Member for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, added: "We are pleased that Lower Hamworthy and the regeneration sites are included in this plan along with the local Hamworthy shopping centre. This is a real opportunity for residents to help shape the future of this area."
A six week consultation on the Submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan will run from Monday 21 March to Monday 2 May 2016. The consultation will be followed by an Independent Examination and Local Referendum to decide whether the proposed Neighbourhood Plan will be adopted.
The proposed Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can be viewed at www.poole.gov.uk/poolequays. Hard copies will be available to view at Borough of Poole’s Planning Reception, Poole Central Library, Hamworthy Library and Poole Museum. Comments can be made via an online survey on Poole's online planning consultation portal: https://poole.objective.co.uk/portal/.