Planning policy and guidance

The policy team 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.The Local Plan explains our land use strategy in detail and sets out where new development may be allowed. The government advice is that planning applications must be decided in line with these policies unless there is an overriding reason to set them aside. Our commitment to you is that we will use our best efforts to:

  • ensure that the Local Plan is kept up to date
  • ensure that local people help shape policies
  • provide supplementary planning documents for sensitive or large sites
  • make sure consultation documents are available at all Poole libraries
  • monitor the implementation of the policies
  • respond to new pressures by proposing new and/or amended policies
  • advise on how you may make representations to proposed policies and inform you of how your views were considered
  • use a variety of consultation techniques to ensure all sections of the community are engaged
  • acknowledge comments received during consultation periods
  • balance the requirements for development with the conservation of the environment

Poole Development Plan

The development plan is the starting point for planning decision making. The Poole Local Plan sets out the local planning authority’s planning strategy, site allocations showing the location of sites for future development, and development management policies against which planning applications will be considered.

The plan is accompanied by a policies map:

There are two Neighbourhood Plans:

The council, in conjunction with other Dorset Local Planning Authorities, has prepared minerals and waste local plans:

Work is also currently ongoing on the following joint plans:

Supplementary Planning Documents

These are non-statutory documents that supplement the policies and proposals of the Local Plan:

Supplementary Planning Guidance

These provide greater detail in relation to particular policies or proposals contained in the Poole Development Plan, to ensure they are properly understood and applied effectively. Although supplementary planning guidance does not have the same status as the development plan, it can be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. Read our current supplementary planning guidance and advice notes.


The Poole Local Plan and other adopted development plan documents contain implementation and monitoring sections which set out indicators of achievement against key outcomes with targets monitored accordingly. Other monitoring documents, such as the Community Infrastructure Levy Monitoring Report, are also available on the monitoring page.

Other areas that may be of interest:

The evidence base documents for the Local Plan are located in the Poole Local Plan examination library.

Contact details


01202 633321

Growth and Infrastructure
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 30 November 2018
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