At a meeting of Full Council last night, 21 February 2017, councillors approved Poole’s first Neighbourhood Plan.
Members agreed to adopt the Poole Quays Forum Neighbourhood Plan after considering the results of a recent Referendum in which 91.83% of those voted wanted to use the Plan to determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
The decision means that with immediate effect, the Poole Quays Forum Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the statutory development plan for the area. The Neighbourhood Plan has the same status as a Development Plan Document (DPD) and must be taken into account as part of the decision making process when considering planning applications within the plan area.
Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: “The recent Referendum gave a clear steer that residents wanted to shape development and growth in the area in which they live. We would like to congratulate Poole Quays Forum and their supporters for all their hard work in getting their plan adopted.”
The Poole Quays Forum Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led plan and aims to guide development, regeneration and conservation in parts of Poole Town and Lower Hamworthy in the future.
Bill Constance, Chair of the Poole Quays Forum, said: “We are delighted that the Poole Quays Forum Neighbourhood Plan has been adopted by the council and will form part of the Development plan for the area.
“It has been a long, and at times challenging, but always interesting project. Thank you to the many people who have invested their time, energy and expertise into this successful outcome. These have included officers from the council, local business people, professionals and the local community. It has been a real community exercise.
“Now that the plan is made we look forward to working together with developers, the council, local businesses and the community towards achieving the aims and objectives of the plan, which is to make the area a better place in which to work, live and play.”
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