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BCP Local Plan

The Local Plan provides a framework of policies and site allocations to guide future development. 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 features including the coast, internationally designated environments, Green Belt and areas at present and future risk of flooding.

The BCP Local Plan will replace the Current Local Plans adopted by the three preceding councils.

Below you can access the Local Development Scheme that provides the timetable for preparation of the local plan, consultations we have completed so far and the evidence base that underpins the Local Plan.

Next Stages

We are now preparing an Issues and Options consultation to take place in 2021. 

Get involved 

Throughout the process of preparing the Local Plan we want 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 needs 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.

If you wish to be kept informed of, or be involved with the progress of the new BCP Local Plan, please send your details to us at bcplocalplan@bcpcouncil.gov.uk quoting ‘BCP Local Plan Consultation Database’ in the subject box and we will add your details to our consultation database.