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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 areas' 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.

Draft BCP Local Plan

The draft Local Plan provides the strategy for growth over the next 15 years and includes planning policies against which future development will be assessed.

We consulted on the draft BCP Local Plan from 20 March to 1pm on 3 May 2024. We are now collating the feedback. We will publish all the consultation responses on the website by the end of June 2024 when we expect to submit the Draft Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. The Local Plan examination is expected to take around 12 months. If the Local Plan is found to be sound by the Inspector, we can adopt the BCP Local Plan in 2025. 

Find out more about the consultation we held on the draft BCP Local Plan.

Consultation on BCP CIL Draft Charging Schedule

We are consulting on the CIL draft charging schedule from 25 April to 1pm on 6 June 2024.

CIL is a ‘£ per sqm’ charge on new development to fund infrastructure needed to support growth of housing, employment, leisure and transport identified in the local plan. The draft charging schedule is supported by evidence including a viability report and infrastructure delivery plan.

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The proposed CL charging zones can also be viewed in detail on the interactive Local Plan Policies Map.They are the layer under Homes titled ‘affordable housing value areas’.

Consultation on BCP Local Plan issues and options

We consulted on the BCP Local Plan issues and options from 10 January to 25 March 2022.

Read more about the Local Plan issues and options consultation.

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