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Have your say on Poole’s Local Plan Review

Local people are being invited to give their views 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, a re-assessment of Poole’s housing need was undertaken and now 710 new homes will need to be built each year, which is a significant increase on the council’s current housing target of 500.

Of the 14,200 new homes that are needed 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. However, this leaves a shortfall of around 5,000 new homes.

Borough of Poole is consulting residents on a review of Poole’s Local Plan, 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.

The council wants to hear the views of local people during the public consultation which will run from Monday 13 June 2016 until Monday 8 August 2016.

People can submit their views online at www.poole.gov.uk/localplanreview. 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.

Council staff will also be at a series of drop in sessions to answer any questions about the options. These sessions are being held at:

• Tuesday 21 June – Canford Magna Centre, BH21 3AF (Canford Magna Parish Church Hall), Canford Magna, 1.30pm to 6pm
• Wednesday 22 June – Committee Suite, Civic Centre, 1pm to 5.30pm
• Monday 27 June – Oakdale Library, 12pm to 5pm
• Wednesday 29 June – St Gabriel’s Church, Turlin Moor, 12pm to 6pm
• Thursday 30 June – Poole Central Library, 1pm to 6pm
• Monday 4 July – Creekmoor Library, 1pm to 5.30pm
• Tuesday 5 July – Rossmore Library, 11am to 2pm
• Wednesday 6 July – Broadstone Library, 11am to 4pm
• Monday 11 July – Canford Cliffs Village Hall, Ravine Road, 2.30pm to 7pm
• Tuesday 12 July – Bearwood Community Centre, 1pm to 7pm
• Thursday 14 July – Canford Heath Library, 10.30am to 3pm
• Thursday 21 July – Hamworthy Library, 1pm to 6.30pm

Nick Perrins, Planning Policy and Implementation Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “It is clear that we need to provide a mix of new homes 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 so it’s important that local people have the opportunity to give us their feedback.”

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. I would like to encourage all residents to participate in the consultation to 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.