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, 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.

A Regulation 18 Issues and Call for Sites Consultation has been approved by Cabinet on 11 September for a six week statutory public consultation.  We are seeking your views on the issues that the BCP Local Plan will need to address. A number of suggested issues, broadly aligned at this stage to the emerging key priorities of the revised draft Corporate Strategy, 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 be addressed. 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 BCP’s 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 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 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? 


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

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

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(s), please email us at, or write to us at;

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


  • 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

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

  • Preparation of Local Development Plan and other planning documents in accordance with the Local Development Scheme (effective 23 September 2019)
  • 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 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.  The responses received will be fully considered and if appropriate, will be used to amend the document prior to adoption.


Please email your comments on the SCI to us at, quoting ‘BCP SCI’ in the subject box, or write to us at;

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