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It is important to track progress with the implementation of planning policies to understand if the policy outcomes are being achieved. Below you can find some of the more recent monitoring data.

Housing completions

In 2022/23, there were 773 completions, continuing the disappointing level of delivery following the COVID pandemic with higher costs of building materials and higher interest rates. Below you can see how these are split by local plan area:

Net housing completions  
Local Plan Area 2019/2020 2020/2021 2021/22 2022/23
Bournemouth 796 468 209 288
Christchurch 273 72 57 168
Poole 634 292 430 317
Total 1,703 832 696 773

Supply of new homes

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 2021 housing delivery test results show that the housing completions in the:

  • Bournemouth area are 51% of the target - as this is under the 75% threshold, the presumption in favour of sustainable development applies
  • Christchurch area are 90% of the target - as this is under 100% we are required to prepare a Housing Action Plan
  • Poole area are 80% of the target – as this is under the 85% threshold, we have to apply a 20% buffer to the five year land supply.

Housing land supply

The housing land supply position will be updated in spring 2024.

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

Housing land supply
Local Plan area Homes 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 spring 2024. Below you can view the last published versions of the 5 year land supply (April 2021), including the number of years of housing supply that we can demonstrate:

  • Bournemouth area - 2.3 year housing supply
  • Christchurch area - 2.7 year housing supply
  • Poole area - 4.1 year housing supply.

Below you can view:

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. We have reported on the collection and spend since BCP Council formed in 2019, in the Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022 and 2022-23.

Other information

Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) Bournemouth area 2017/18.

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