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There’s still time to have your say on Poole’s Local Plan Review

Local people have until Monday 8 August 2016 to have their say on how Poole can deliver approximately 5,000 new homes by 2033. 

The borough’s current Core Strategy sets out the council’s approach to delivering 10,000 homes by 2026. As part of the planned mid-point review of the Core Strategy, a re-assessment of Poole’s housing need was undertaken that shows that 710 new homes should be built each year to meet Poole's needs, which is a significant increase on the council’s current housing target of 500. 

Of the 14,200 new homes needed in Poole by 2033, around 9,200 homes could be developed on known sites such as land around the Twin Sails Bridge and smaller sites that come forward as planning applications, leaving a shortfall of around 5,000 new homes. 

Borough of Poole is currently consulting residents on how the additional homes could be provided, which sets out various possible new sites for development and changes to current planning policy to help meet this need. This could be achieved by increasing densities within the town, building taller developments, identifying new sites, allowing more apartments to be built and expanding the town outwards into the greenbelt. 

People can submit their views online at www.poole.gov.uk/localplanreview by midnight on Monday 8 August. Paper copies are available in the planning reception at Civic Centre and at all Poole libraries. Alternatively people can write to Local Plan Review Consultation, Planning Policy Team, FREEPOST RTKL-UYRB-SAXB, Borough of Poole, BH15 2RU. 

Nick Perrins, Planning Policy and Implementation Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “With the consultation ending on 8 August I would encourage residents to keep on providing their feedback over the next few days. 

“It is clear that we need to provide a mix of new homes in Poole that meets the needs of local residents both now and in the future. Therefore all possible known sites have been included in this consultation including those that are being promoted by developers. No decisions have been on any of the sites.” 

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: “This consultation is essential for the future planning of Poole, as evidence now shows a substantial increase in the number of homes required. It’s not too late for local people to give us their feedback and help shape Poole for the future.” 

Further public consultation will take place on the final draft Local Plan in spring 2017 with a view to the Plan being adopted in spring 2018.