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Poole Local Plan


We are preparing a new local plan to replace our core strategy and other local plan documents. The Poole local plan, once completed, will set a new plan for Poole to meet needs and guide development to 2033.

We started work on the local plan in 2013 and have held a number of previous consultations, looking at the issues and options around how the towns development needs could be met by a new local plan for Poole.

Next steps

Following the further issues and options consultation in 2016, we have considered the feedback and prepared a draft plan to take through our committee process. The pre-submission draft of the Poole local plan will be considered by Councillors at Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Cabinet on 11 July on the 21 June and a meeting of Full Council on 18 July.

Upon receiving the support of Full Council, we will publish the draft plan for comment from 31 July to 22 September (8 weeks). Following this public participation, we will consider if further changes need to be made to the plan before submitting the plan and associated representations to an independent inspector. The inspector will hold a public examination towards the end of 2017/early 2018. We expect the examination to be resolved by Spring 2018, allowing us to adopt the local plan. Upon adoption, the plan will replace all of the current statutory local planning documents.

The timetable is as follows:

  • pre-submission publication of draft plan: July-September 2017

  • submission to Secretary of State: Autumn 2017

  • examination in public: Autumn/Winter 2017

  • adoption: Spring 2018.

Committee process

The committee process runs through June and July 2017.

The committee papers are made of:

We are publishing new evidence which supports the draft local plan:

All other supporting information is in our evidence base.

Previous consultations

The council has undertaken a number of consultations which are listed below with the most recent first.

Further issues and options consultation

This latest consultation sought views on possible future housing and other development sites and development management policies that will help guide the preparation and direction of the new Poole Local Plan.

The consultation was held from 13 June to 8 August 2016. The consultation documents were:

Housing and Other Development Sites Consultation Document

Appendix 1: Existing sites allocated for development

Appendix 2: Possible sites in the urban area

Appendix 3: Possible sites to expand the town outwards

Appendix 4: Other possible development sites.

Development Management Policies Consultation Document

The consultation was supported by:

Our leaflet provides a summary of the possible housing sites.

Issues and options consultation

This consultation sought views on how we accommodate future housing, shopping and employment needs and ran from 16 February to 31 March 2015. The consultation document was accompanied by the Sustainability Appraisal.

The responses received will inform the Pre-Submission draft due to be published in 2017 and the original comments are available on the consultation portal.

Further key issues and call for sites consultation

This consultation again focused on the key issues and also invited the submission of any sites to be considered for development. The consultation ran from 4 August to 1 September 2014 with the responses received informing the Issues and Options Consultation.

Key issues consultation

This consultation focused on the key issues that should be addressed through the Review and ran from 1 May to 14 June 2013 with the responses received informing the 2014 consultation.

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