BCP Council - Local Plan

Monday 7th October (14:24) - Tuesday 19th November 2019 (00:01)

BCP Local Plan: Issues, call for sites and statement of community involvement

7 October 2019 – 18 November 2019

We are taking the first step in preparing a new Local Plan covering Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

The plan provides a framework of policies and site allocations to guide development over the next 20 years. This will help us meet identified needs for new homes, jobs, infrastructure and other supporting services within the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area. While both respecting and protecting the local area's best natural features including the coast; internationally designated environments, particularly heathland; Green Belt and areas at present and future risk of flooding.

A Regulation 18 Issues and Call for Sites Consultation was approved by Cabinet on 11 September 2019 for a six week statutory public consultation.

We want to hear your views on the issues that the BCP Local Plan will need to address.

Some of the key issues for consideration are listed below, these fit with the priorities of our newly revised draft Corporate Strategy. While not finalised, they are a useful guide to help us identify key issues the Local Plan may need to address and later stages of the Local Plan will be in accordance with our final Corporate Strategy.

Do you agree with the issues identified so far 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 our exceptional natural environment?
  • tackle the challenges posed by climate change? 

Dynamic region

In planning for the economy, how should we:

  • revitalise BCP’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 keeping local character?
  • maximise delivery of affordable homes for local people?
  • deliver specialist accommodation to meet the needs of the ageing population?
  • support and develop BCP’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? 

Keeping up to date

Please email us with your details at quoting ‘BCP Local Plan’ as the subject and we will add your details to our consultation database.


The closing date for your comments at this stage is Monday 18th November 2019.

Please email your comments on the Local Plan issues to us at quoting ‘BCP Local Plan – Issues’ as the subject or

write to us at;

Planning Policy
Growth and Infrastructure - Strategic Planning
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Further information

We will be adding up to date information to our dedicated Local Plan News feature.

Call for sites 

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.

Statement of community involvement

A new draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was approved by Cabinet on 11 September 2019 to be published for public consultation. We would welcome comments on the contents of the draft SCI.