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Three major planning policies approved by Poole Councillors

Councillors have approved the adoption of three major planning policies that will shape development in Poole for the next 25-30 years.

The Sustaining Poole's Seafront Supplementary Planning Document, Poole Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document and the Talbot Village Supplementary Planning Document were approved at Full Council on Tuesday 15 December 2015.

The Sustaining Poole's Seafront Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out a 25 year vision to conserve and improve Poole's seafront. It aims to protect the natural environment as well as securing additional income to invest in ageing infrastructure. It also aims to improve facilities to encourage visitors all year round including cafe/restaurants, new leisure activities, community facilities, a watersports hub and additional beach huts.

Public engagement was carried out in the spring of 2012 to shape the draft document, which was then consulted on for twelve weeks in summer 2013 and again in February 2015 specifically relating to Sandbanks Recreation Ground.

The Poole Town Centre SPD provides a framework for the future development of the Town Centre including the regeneration of land on the Hamworthy and town sides of the Backwater Channel. The document has updated guidance on building heights, access and movement and also includes specific guidance for Town Centre North and other development sites. However, the most significant change relates to access and movement with particular focus on Hunger Hill, West Quay Road and West Street.

A ten-week public consultation was carried out between January and March 2015. There was a general split of opinion between the one-way and two-way schemes.

Councillors have now agreed to implement an improved one-way system for the southern section benefitting the movements around the two bridges and creation of a segregated cycle lane. Hunger Hill will be replaced with a large signalised T-junction to improve the facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. The detailed design of this scheme will start during 2016 so that if funding arrangements are confirmed, construction can start in 2017/18.

The Talbot Village SPD directs the future of development in the Talbot Village area of Poole, including Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth.

It includes proposals for new university buildings, transport enhancements, a digital employment village for cutting-edge businesses, new public open space and protection of Talbot Heath for nature conservation.

A six-week public consultation was carried out between August and September 2015. The feedback provided has led to a number of amendments to the SPD that help to clarify the impacts of development but to also provide greater certainty as to what can be expected.

The SPD is the first phase of a new Talbot Project bringing together major landowners and councils in the wider Talbot Village area for the first time for a co-ordinated approach to future development.

The aim is to realise the economic potential of the Talbot Village area, enhance the excellence of the universities, protect the internationally important wildlife haven of Talbot Heath and improve transport infrastructure whilst respecting the amenity of neighbouring residential areas.

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "These SPDs are important frameworks for the future of Poole and I would like to thank the public for the important part they have played in shaping these documents.

"The SPDs support the regeneration of the Town Centre, the creation of jobs and facilitate the construction of more new homes which will provide a major boost to the local economy. In addition the SPDs provide a clear vision that meets the needs of residents, business and visitors both now and in the future."