Councillors have shown support for a robust planning framework and a revised developer contributions levy to accommodate future growth and development in Poole.
At a council meeting on Tuesday 18 July, members approved the draft Poole Local Plan for an eight-week public consultation from 31 July to 22 September 2017.
Residents will also be able to give their views on new sites identified through last year’s consultation which are not yet included in the plan.
The draft Poole Local Plan aims to deliver 14,200 new homes, jobs and infrastructure in Poole by 2033.
The draft Poole Plan outlines:
• sites for 6,000 homes in the town centre,
• 5,000 homes in other parts of the town that are most accessible via 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 plan also proposes to release land at Creekmoor for education use to ensure the borough has sufficient provision for school places by 2033.
To help maintain the long term protection of the South East Dorset Green Belt, it is proposed to add land south of Bearwood to the Green Belt. With this addition, the draft plan proposes only a 3.2% reduction in total Green Belt land in Poole.
As well as providing new homes for local needs, the Poole Local Plan supports the council’s ambition to regenerate the town centre by creating a vibrant shopping and leisure destination for local people and visitors. It also outlines the first steps to establish the Stour Valley Park concept, a new public open space that could eventually extend from Wimborne to Christchurch creating a valuable recreational area.
Alongside the plan, councillors also approved a draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule for an eight-week public consultation from 31 July to 22 September 2017.
The levy is a locally set planning charge on new development to help pay for the town’s infrastructure such as education, transport, health and community facilities.
The main changes include a differential rate between the strategic sites that make up the Twin Sails Regeneration Area and the rest of the town centre. This recognises that the viability of these sites is significantly affected by the provision of strategic flood defences. In addition it is proposed that areas in North Poole such as Broadstone, Merley and Bearwood are included in a higher charging zone.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “It’s important for local people to have an input in the development of strategies for the future. We would welcome everyone's views during the consultation period so that we have a robust plan for accommodating growth in Poole."
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. We will see the delivery of new homes, jobs and other facilities that will be required to help Poole prosper over the coming years.
The draft Poole Local Plan and draft CIL Charging Schedule sets out a positive planning blueprint that seeks to meet the needs of our communities and help guide development and change across the town.”
Following the public consultation, the draft Poole Local Plan and draft CIL rates is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent inspection in winter 2017 with the aim that both plans will be adopted in spring/summer 2018.