Sustaining Poole's Seafront

The Sustaining Poole’s Seafront Supplementary Planning Document was adopted by council on 15 December 2015 and sets out options for how the council plans to conserve, improve and invest in our seafront. Our seafront is a magnificent asset that is enjoyed by residents and visitors, however, behind the natural setting is an ageing infrastructure such as old toilet blocks, historic pipework and only a limited range of facilities. In addition to the SPD the Consultation Statementand Adoption Statement have also been published.

Public engagement to date has informed the council that people would like to see a greater choice of facilities, more beach huts and for more to be made of the wonderful environment but without destroying the essential natural setting. Without investment the ageing infrastructure will fail resulting in closed toilets, burst pipes and the potential closure of part of the beach. The Supplementary Planning Document has been produced to create a framework for managing change across the entire seafront of Poole, identifying opportunities for development of additional facilities that in turn can help pay for improvements in infrastructure.

The consultation on the draft Supplementary Planning Document ran from 4 June to 6 September 2013.

Responses to the 3 consultation questions

Question 1: The draft SPD provides an approach to planning for the future of the seafront. Please let us know your views on this approach.

Question 2: Poole's seafront requires considerable investment in infrastructure. Doing nothing is not an option. Do you consider that the opportunities that have been identified provide an appropriate balance of facilities to improve Poole's seafront? If not, why not?

Question 3: Do you have any other comments regarding investment and improvement in Poole's seafront?

Following this consultation work was undertaken to modify the document in response to public feedback and comments from members. At the request of the Member Working Group, Sandbanks was being looked at ‘afresh’. To inform this work, a public engagement exercise was held on 11 February 2015 at the Civic Centre. The event, which was open to anyone with an interest in the Sandbanks area, provided attendees with an opportunity to consider alternative ideas and potential options for the area. The information gathered through this exercise has been used to inform the final SPD.

Contact details


01202 633321

Growth and Infrastructure
BCP Council
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 18 July 2018
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