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Monitoring and information

It is important to track progress with the implementation of planning policies to understand if the policy outcomes are being achieved. This information is referred to as the Authority Monitoring Report (AMR). We have the AMR for the Bournemouth area from 2017/18 but are currently updating this as well as preparing AMRs for the Christchurch and Poole areas.

The status of homes with planning permission on 1 April 2021 can be viewed on our interactive map. Use the filter command in the bottom right of the map to select completions, under construction or not started. Tip: You may wish to change your browser zoom settings depending on the size of your screen. This will make the text and images larger or smaller and fit the screen better.

Below you can find some of the more recent monitoring data:

Housing completions

In 2020/21 there were 832 completions, a significant drop from the 2019/20 figure of 1,703 homes. This is largely a symptom of the pandemic and issues with the supply of materials. Below you can see how these are split by local plan area:

Net housing completions
Local Plan Area2019/20202020/2021
Bournemouth 796 468
Christchurch 273 72
Poole 634 292
Total 1,703 832

The Government annually publishes the housing delivery test that sets out how we compare against housing targets over the previous 3 years. The requirements are set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. The 2020 housing delivery test results show that the housing completions in the:

  • Bournemouth Local Plan area are 75% of the target - as this is under 100% we are required to prepare a Housing Action Plan and as it also falls below the 85% threshold we have to apply a 20% buffer to the 5 year land supply
  • Christchurch Local Plan area are 91% of the target - as this is under 100% we are required to prepare a Housing Action Plan
  • Poole Local Plan area are 73% of the target – as this is under the 75% threshold, the presumption in favour of sustainable development applies.

Housing land supply

At April 2021 there were 6,991 homes (net) with planning permission but not yet built. There are 1,658 homes under construction. Below you can see how these are split by area:

Housing land supply
Local Plan areaHomes with planning permission (net)Homes under construction (gross)Homes not started (gross)Loss of homes and demolitions (gross)
Bournemouth 2,677 468 2,329 -120
Christchurch 1,356 173 1,213 -30
Poole 2,958 1,017 2,104 -163
Total 6,991 1,658 5,646 -313

We are required to maintain a 5 year supply of housing sites. We have chosen to continue to calculate the 5 year supply separately for the three local plan areas of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole until the BCP Local plan is adopted. We will provide updated 5 year land supply positions later in 2021. Below you can view the last published versions of the 5 year land supply (April 2019), including the number of years of housing supply that we can demonstrate:

For the Bournemouth and Poole areas the documents above provide an update to Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). For the Christchurch area the SHLAA methodology is set out in the 2017 SHLAA report and the sites on a 2019 SHLAA interactive map. Please note that the supply figures in the 2017 SHLAA report are now superseded.

Infrastructure funding statement

Each year we will produce an Infrastructure Funding Statement to demonstrate how what planning obligations (i.e. Section 106 Agreements) and Community Infrastructure Levy we have secured from developers and how we have spent it on infrastructure. This includes the funds available to local communities through the CIL Neighbourhood portion and how it is being spent. 

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