Residents invited to have their say on draft Poole Local Plan

People are invited to give their views on the draft Poole Local Plan during the final phase of public consultation. 

The draft Poole Local Plan aims to deliver 14,200 new homes, jobs and infrastructure in Poole by 2033. The draft plan has been developed in line with a robust evidence base and responses received from last year's consultation.

Residents will also be able to comment on new sites identified through the previous consultation that are not yet included in the plan. 

The public consultation is open from Monday 31 July to Friday 22 September 2017. 

The draft Poole Local Plan outlines: 

•   sites for 6,000 homes in the town centre 
•   5,000 homes in other areas with the most access to public transport 
•   1,900 in the rest of Poole’s urban area 
•   500 homes on Green Belt land in Merley and 800 on Green Belt land in Bearwood 
•   the release of land at Creekmoor for education use to ensure Poole has enough school places by 2033
•   regeneration in the town centre 

The draft plan also aims to support the protection of the South East Dorset Green Belt by adding land south of Bearwood to the Green Belt. Overall, the plan would lead to only a 3.1% reduction of total Green Belt land in Poole. 

•  Read more information about the draft Poole Local Plan

•  Have your say on the draft Poole Local Plan consultation

•  Have your say on the new sites

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: “Poole will see a lot of change over the period to 2033 including new homes, jobs and other facilities that will help Poole prosper over the coming years. 

“The Poole Local Plan enables us to meet the needs of our residents both now and in the future and helps guide development and change across the town.” 

As well as providing new homes for local needs, the Poole Local Plan supports the council’s ambition to regenerate the town centre. It also outlines steps to create the Stour Valley Park concept, a new public open space that could eventually extend from Wimborne to Christchurch.

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “It is important we have a positive plan for accommodating growth and development in Poole. I would encourage people to give us their comments and help shape the future of Poole.” 

Following the public consultation, the draft Poole Local Plan is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent inspection in winter 2017 with the aim of the plan being adopted in spring/summer 2018. 

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