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Have your say on Broadstone Forum Neighbourhood Plan

Local people are being asked for their views on the Broadstone Forum Neighbourhood Plan, which will guide future development in Broadstone. 

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 Broadstone Forum Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led plan. It contains a Vision, Plan, Objectives and Planning Policies for protecting and enhancing Broadstone and improving the Local Centre so that it provides a vibrant shopping area that the community are proud to be part of. 

There are five main themes within the Plan covering: 

-  Management and protection of green spaces 

-  Housing 

-  Preparing for climate change 

-  Access and Movement 

-  Enhancing a vibrant economy 

There is an aspiration to develop a Master Plan for the Broadstone Local Centre working with the community, landowners, partners and Borough of Poole. 

People who live and work in and around the Plan area are encouraged to have their say on the Plan’s vision, objectives, themes and planning policies. 

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: "It is particularly important that local residents who live, work and use the area comment on the policies being proposed and I would urge people to respond at this formal consultation stage.” 

Cllr Mike Brooke, Ward Member for Broadstone, Borough of Poole, said: "This Draft Plan has been three years in the making and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the process. This consultation represents a critical point in the development process and it is important residents and businesses use the opportunity to have their say. No change is not an option so it is vitally important any future development is managed in the best way possible for residents and businesses alike.” 

The public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan will run from Wednesday 13 April 2016 to Tuesday 31 May 2016 and is being managed by Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum. The Neighbourhood Plan, its supporting documents and questionnaire can be viewed at http://broadstoneneighbourhood.uk/ 

The consultation questionnaire should be completed electronically and submitted directly to the Forum. Hard copies of the Plan and supporting documents can be viewed throughout the consultation period at Broadstone Library and the Reception of Planning and Regeneration Services, Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU. Paper copy questionnaires will also be available to complete.