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Planning Information

Main Functions of the Unit

Planning and Regeneration Services carries out a range of functions and helps to shape the future of the Borough of Poole through providing five main services:

Development Management – Process planning and listed building applications, related appeals and planning contributions. Provide advice on whether planning permission is required; advice before an application is submitted and general planning advice and guidance.

Development Management (Enforcement) – Investigate alleged breaches of planning control in accordance with adopted Enforcement Policy. Take appropriate and proportionate action against unauthorised development. Check compliance with approved plans.

Economic Development – Commission economic research; work with partners with the aim of improving the economic health of the residents of Poole and the wider sub-region through the development of a strongly performing economy; provide and broker support to local businesses; promote Poole as a location for business and investment.

Environment and Design – Provide advice internally and externally on matters relating to urban design, conservation, arboricultural and landscape. Give general design advice and policy input to protect and enhance the built heritage. Deal with statutory functions relating to tree works and processing tree work applications. Work with other service units to deliver public art through the Development Management process, and partnership working.

Planning Policy and Implementation – Prepare strategies and policies to guide development and outcomes in order to safeguard our environment and to provide viable, vibrant and sustainable communities, well into the future.

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Housing Standards Review - Changes to Planning

From 1st October 2015, local authorities can specify additional technical standards to be met through Building Regulations for lifetime homes and water efficiency. Local authorities can no longer require applicants to demonstrate how their proposed development meets Code for Sustainable Homes.

Building Regulations Part M (Access to and Use of Buildings) incorporates a three tiered approach to lifetime homes. Beyond the entry level requirements for building regulations, there are two additional optional levels of accessibility which can be required by planning condition and enforced through building regulations. Building Regulations Part G (Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency) also provides an optional higher water efficiency target, by planning condition.

New national technical guidance on internal Space Standards can be applied but this is outside of the Building Regulations regime. All higher optional standards for accessibility, water efficiency and space standards can only be applied where there is an evidence based need and local policy to support that need. Further information can be found in the Ministerial Statement (25 March 2015) or in the Housing Standards Review (27 March 2015) documentation.

As part of our local requirements for validation, Energy and Resources Statements are required for all new dwellings or commercial development. Energy and Resources Statements are part of Poole’s local requirements for validation where new residential and non residential development is created. In the light of changes that are being implemented through Building Regulations from 1 October 2015, an addendum to the Advice Note for Energy and Resources Statements has been published to set out what applicants should include in their Energy and Resources Statements.  

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New Heathland Contribution

With effect from 8th April 2015 a new charge is being introduced which will be payable on all applications, whether this is for planning permission or prior approval, to fund Strategic Access Management and Monitoring as part of the Dorset Heathland Planning Framework.

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Advice Note for Energy and Resources Statements

All applications for new development are required to be supported by an Energy & Resources Statement. We have produced an Advice Note for Submitting Energy & Resources Statements which explains the key requirements and recommended approach for applicants to demonstrate that development is sustainable. In addition to this, the Building Futures Sustainability Checklist is an online interactive toolkit providing good graphics to help developers to consider the issues that could help mitigate the effects of and adapt to climate change.

The toolkit sets out a range of scenarios from simple householder extensions to development of a new dwelling up to mixed use and multi residential developments and commercial, industrial and educational and health related developments.  The toolkit is easy to use and topics are set out, under which questions are posed to guide developers through a number of key issues to consider and respond to at the design stage of new development.

In the light of changes that are being implemented through Building Regulations from 1 October 2015, an addendum to the Advice Note for Energy and Resources Statements has been published to set out what applicants should include in their Energy and Resources Statements.  

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