16th November 2019
Hello Local Plan Team

Please see below Bournemouth Civic Society’s comments on your new Local Plan engagement initiative.

We look forward to being involved in the evolution of the Local Plan and are more than happy to meet you to discuss our aspirations and support for the sustainable future of Bournemouth and the wider area.

Regards Ken Mantock
Ken Mantock FRSA
Chairman – Bournemouth Civic Society

The Society welcomes and generally cannot find fault with the general aims of the plan; especially in respect to seeking the widest possible consensus on planning policies which  guarantee that sustainable development must be a balance between the particular needs of the local population and the need to protect  the unique  natural and man-made landscapes and townscapes of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

With  regard to the more specific aims of the plan; we certainly accept that a more sustainable environment in which both working and recreational facilities are enhanced, is an essential adjunct  to the creation of a dynamic momentum in the form of new business and retail opportunities and the better provision of social and hospitality services for inhabitants and visitors alike.  Certainly the Society accepts that in this way, the viability of good working and leisure opportunities within attractive urban spaces would be a major enhancement  for first class sporting, educational and cultural  facilities in the three towns.

However we think that all the foregoing is dependent  on what the new local plan calls Connected  Communities –  in which the personal,  communal and visual satisfaction of the inhabitants within a particular street or neighbourhood must be preserved and maintained.  In this respect we applaud the desire of the new council to ensure  the preservation of the high quality and visual identity of well established, historic, residential quarters . But we think also  that a more precise set of  policies  relating to evolved and more recent planning conventions and design characteristics that now operate in different parts of the conurbation must be strengthened  and enhanced.

Thus the  Society  is in favour of distinct policies  that reflect local characteristics, especially in Conservation  Areas  ie. what is appropriate and ought to be welcome in say  Throop and Holdenhurst will not be appropriate in Old Christchurch Road and the Town Centre.

We also believe, that having seen the operation of the current three location based Planning Committee and considered its inconvenience to interested residents in term of location and time of meeting (1.30pm at Christchurch, Poole or Bournemouth), that the agenda of meetings should be arranged so that plans only for the area in which the meetings are held are considered.

It would also be advantageous if the strategic planning deliberations that used to be taken by the Bournemouth Planning Policy Steering Group (that included key councillors and non elected members including representatives of this Society, the Housing Forum and Friends of the Earth and where decisions where then reported  to and discussed/agreed  by Cabinet and Council) could be reinstated across the new BCP Council area drawing in interested parties from all three former Council areas.

The Society has concluded that the upholding of established planning conventions and newer planning characteristics policies within areas of the BCP is far too important to be left to the valiant efforts of the Case Officers who are often the only effective source of enforcement of  essential planning regulations.  Therefore we feel strongly that these matters deserve much deeper and broader support  by means of specific policies outlined in the new BCP Plan.  Only then can a more integrated balance between built upon and un built upon space in the conurbation ensure a stable and enhancing background for the multifarious activities of this exceptional area.

—–Original Message—–
From: BCP Local Plan <bcplocalplan@bcpcouncil.gov.uk>
Sent: Mon, 7 Oct 2019 15:43
Subject: A new Local Plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are taking the first step in preparing a new Local Plan covering Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, that will provide the framework of policies and site allocations that will guide development over the next 20 years. The Plan will aim to meet identified needs for new homes, jobs and other supporting services and infrastructure, within an area that is significantly constrained by the coast; internationally designated environments, particularly heathland; Green Belt and areas at present and future risk of flooding.

If it is to be effective, the new Plan will need to engage with a wide range of local people, businesses and community groups to obtain the widest possible agreement on the development of planning policies and the allocation of sites to meet future identified development needs. The resulting Plan will need to ensure that the sustainable development of the area can be achieved in a way that maintains and improves the health and well-being of local people and carefully balances the need for new homes, employment opportunities and other supporting development, with the protection of important heathland, harbour and coastal habitats, green spaces and unique heritage assets.

We are working on identifying key priorities through a new Corporate Strategy. The proposed key priorities set out in the revised draft Corporate Strategy are:

·         Sustainable Environment – Leading our communities towards a cleaner, sustainable future that preserves our outstanding environment for generations to come.
·         Dynamic Region – Supporting an innovative successful economy in a great place to live, learn, work and visit.
·         Connected Communities – Empowering our communities so everyone feels safe, engaged and included.
·         Brighter Futures – Caring for our young people; providing a nurturing environment, high quality education and great opportunities to grow and flourish.
·         Fulfilled Lives – Helping people lead active, healthy and independent lives, adding years to life and life to years.

The new BCP Council Local Plan will be a key strategic document in supporting the delivery of the area’s key priorities. An important starting point for the new Plan is the identification of the issues that it will need to address. We would like you to be involved in identifying the most important issues for the area and would welcome your views on what you consider these to be. A number of suggested issues, broadly aligned at this stage to the emerging key priorities of the revised draft Corporate Plan, are listed below. Whilst the emerging key priorities are draft at this stage, they are a useful guide to help identify key issues the Local Plan may need to address. The later stages of the Local Plan will be taken forward in accordance with the final Corporate Strategy once it is adopted.

Do you agree with the issues identified and are there any others that should be considered for inclusion?

Sustainable Environment

In planning for sustainable growth, how might we:

·         manage congestion and increase opportunities for active eco-friendly travel by walking, cycling and public transport?
·         improve access to parks and open spaces?
·         protect and enhance Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s exceptional natural environment?
·         tackle the challenges posed by climate change?

Dynamic Region

In planning for the economy, how should we:

·         revitalise Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s town and local centres so that they provide complementary shopping experiences?
·         plan for future business growth and deliver better paid jobs?
·         balance the need for new homes to meet the challenging targets required, whilst retaining local character?
·         maximise delivery of affordable homes for local people?
·         deliver specialist accommodation to meet the needs of the ageing population?
·         support and develop Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s tourism sector?

Connected Communities

In empowering our communities, how should we:

·         shape growth to ensure that the individual identities of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are retained?
·         ensure the delivery of high quality and attractive urban environments?
·         strengthen cultural identity and preserve or enhance our historic environment?
·         plan for safe, mixed and socially inclusive communities?
·         ensure essential services and community facilities are easily accessible to everyone?

Brighter Futures

In caring for our children and young people, how might we:

·         plan for the provision of high quality educational facilities?

Fulfilled Lives

In helping people lead active, healthy and independent lives, how should we:

·         provide accessible, well connected, high quality urban environments and public open spaces?
·         provide the opportunities for people to make healthy lifestyle choices?
·         improve air quality by reducing reliance on the motor car?

The closing date for receipt of your comments is Monday 18th November 2019.

Please email your comments to bcplocalplan@bcpcouncil.gov.uk quoting ‘BCP Local Plan – Issues’ in the subject box.

Please note that this letter represents formal notification, in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, that the Local Plan process is starting. It will result in a single new Local Plan that will replace the individual plans for the former local authority areas of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

If you do not wish to be kept informed of, or be involved with the progress of the new Local Plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, please email us with your details at bcplocalplan@bcpcouncil.gov.uk quoting ‘BCP Local Plan – Consultation Database’ in the subject box and we will remove your details from our consultation database.

Call for Sites

This initial stage of the Local Plan process provides the opportunity to gather information about land availability. Anyone who wishes to promote a site or parcel of land for a particular use or development is invited to submit details of this land for assessment and consideration for potential allocation. Potential uses could include housing, employment, retail, leisure and community uses.

If you are a landowner who wishes to promote your land for a particular use (or uses), please email us at bcplocalplan@bcpcouncil.gov.uk quoting ‘BCP Local Plan – Call for Sites’ in the subject box including:

·         a map showing the extent of the land you are promoting;
·         an indication of when it will be available i.e. within the next 5, 10 or 15 years; and
·         the use(s) you would like us to consider the land for.

If you have previously responded to a ‘Call for Sites’ as part of the initial stage of the Bournemouth or Christchurch Local Plan reviews, your submission will be taken forward and considered as part of the new BCP Council Local Plan process. However, if you wish to submit additional sites for consideration, or reaffirm the availability of a previously submitted site, we would welcome a response by Monday 18th November 2019, so that the development potential of any submitted sites can be assessed in the early stages of Local Plan preparation. However, this does not preclude the submission of further potential development sites for consideration beyond this date.

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

An SCI sets out how a local planning authority will engage with individuals, local communities and other stakeholders on a range of planning matters, such as:

·         Preparation of a Local Development Plan and other planning documents.
·         Determination of planning applications.

The draft SCI proposes to allow a flexible approach to publicising planning applications, either by site notices or letters (or both) depending upon the site circumstances and scale of development.
A new draft BCP Council Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was approved by Cabinet on 11 September 2019 to be published for public consultation.

We welcome comments on the contents of the draft BCP Council SCI (see item 30).

Please email us at bcplocalplan@bcpcouncil.gov.uk quoting ‘BCP Local Plan – SCI’ in the subject box. If you are unable to email your comments you can write to BCP Council regarding any of the aforementioned consultations:
Planning Policy, Growth and Infrastructure – Strategic Planning, Civic Centre, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2RU.

Please note that your response will be published on the Council’s website and attributed to your name/organisation unless requested otherwise.

Kind Regards
Planning Policy Team
Growth and Infrastructure – Strategic Planning
T. 01202 633321