Local Plan for the Poole area

The Local Plan sets out the vision, strategies and policies for development within the area. The following planning policies make up the Local Plan for the Poole area.

Poole Local Plan

The Poole Local Plan (2018) is a strategy for the delivery of new homes, jobs and infrastructure in Poole to 2033.

Policies map

The policies map shows the allocations and designations covered by policies in the Local Plan:

The Development Plan for the Poole area also comprises the

Planning guidance

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) and other guidance documents provide more detailed planning guidance to support the Local Plan. These are non-statutory documents but can be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

BCP Parking Standards SPD

The BCP Parking Standards SPD (January 2021) provides detail on parking requirements for new development proposals and is a material consideration when determining planning applications within the BCP Council area.

Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework

The Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework 2020-2025 SPD (2020) and reference list sets out a strategy under which planning applications for residential development can be determined and avoid adverse effects on the integrity of the Dorset Heathlands. 

Residential development within 400 metres of the heathlands is strictly controlled and mitigation is necessary between 400 metres and 5km of heathland. This is through Heathland Infrastructure Projects (HIPs) and Strategic, Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM). HIPs are usually secured through the payment of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) but SAMMs are secured by planning obligation. You can check if your property is within 400 metres of a heathland on this map.

Dorset Heathlands Interim Air Quality Strategy

The Dorset Heathlands Interim Air Quality Strategy 2020-2025 (February 2021) aims to address the adverse effect of airborne nitrogen from increases in traffic upon the Dorset Heathlands designated sites by contributing to the achievement of the conservation objectives for air quality and in doing so, facilitate the delivery of planned development. The strategy uses Community Infrastructure Levy funds to provide mitigation avoiding the need for developers to pay planning obligations.

Poole Harbour Recreation SPD

The Poole Harbour Recreation 2019-2024 SPD (2020) and reference list sets out a strategy under which planning applications for residential development can be determined and avoid adverse effects on the integrity of Poole Harbour, by mitigating the impact of additional visitors to the Harbour that can cause disturbance to protected birds. 

Nitrogen Reduction in Poole Harbour SPD

The Nitrogen Reduction in Poole Harbour SPD (2015) sets out a strategy under which planning applications for residential development can be determined and avoid adverse effects on the integrity of Poole Harbour by ensuring that development is nitrogen nuetral.

Poole Town Centre SPD

The Poole Town Centre SPD (2015) provides a framework to guide development, facilitate positive change and ensure that high quality place making is embedded into future development projects in Poole Town Centre.

Sustaining Poole's Seafront SPD

The Sustaining Poole’s Seafront SPD (2015) sets out options for how the council plans to conserve, improve and invest in our seafront.

Talbot Village SPD

The Talbot Village SPD (2015) provides the framework for the future development of Bournemouth University and the Arts University Bournemouth, together with adjacent land.

Article 4 Direction: Talbot Village Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO)

The Article 4 Direction means that in Talbot Village in the Poole area you will need planning permission to change the use of a house (Use class C3) into a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) (Use class C4). HMOs are defined as 'small shared houses or flats occupied by between 3 and 6 unrelated individuals who share basic amenities'.

The Article 4 Directions were made under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. The Article 4 Direction came into force on 1 May 2013. For applications proposing the change of use the Poole Local Plan (2018) includes a criteria based policy to assess applications.

Heritage Assets SPD

The Heritage Assets SPD (2013) provides guidance and information to owners, occupiers, agents, developers and anyone interested in, and to help them care for, Poole’s historic environment.

Our Streets and Spaces SPD

The Our Streets and Spaces SPD (2012) sets out five guiding principles to inform and guide public space improvements in Poole. The overall aim is to create an environment that has better legibility, is safer and healthier to move about, is vibrant, functions well for all users and is greener and more sustainable in our changing climate.

Affordable Housing

The Affordable Housing SPD (2011) provides further detail on the context and evidence for affordable housing and clarifies the planning delivery process.

Storage and Collection of Waste in New Developments

The Storage and Collection of Waste in New Developments (2019) provides design guidance to help developers ensure waste requirements are integrated into new developments.

Viability Assessment and the Affordable Housing

The Viability Assessment and the Affordable Housing Guidance (2018) provides information that we require when an applicant challenges delivery of the Poole Local Plan policy requirements for affordable housing.

Travel Plans SPG

The Travel Plans SPG (2003) provides advice on the requirements for travel plans and identifies where they are required in support of a planning application.

Street Scapes SPG

The Street Scapes SPG (2005) set out guidance on the design of the spaces between buildings.

Shoreline Character Areas SPG

The Shoreline Character Areas SPG (2004) identifies the special character of Poole's shoreline and helps ensure developmental proposals respect their setting near the coast.

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SpDS)

The Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems SPG (2002) provides guidance for developers to incorpoprate SuDS into development.

A Design Code SPG

The A Design Code SPG (2001) examines the principles and process of design and provides a set of criteria for the guidance of designers and developers.

Landscape and Natural Environment Design Code SPG

The Landscape and Natural Environment Design Code (2001) provides a code for trees, open spaces, wildlife and landscape design.

Shopfronts and Shop Signs SPG

The Shopfronts and Shop Signs SPG (1998) provides a policy framework and design guidance to influence the design of shopfronts and shop signs int he Poole area.

The following selected evidence supports the Poole Local Plan:

Flood risk assessment

The Local Plan is supported by a strategic flood risk assessment which includes an interactive map to check properties in Poole to see if they are at risk of flooding.

You can view the progress we are making in implementing the local plan policies on the monitoring and information page.


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