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We work to ensure that the design of new buildings and the public realm (for example, streets, roads, public rights of way, squares, parks and public gardens) is of high quality.

In-house design expertise

As part of the pre-application and planning application process, officers provide written and verbal guidance. This includes expertise on urban design, heritage, trees, landscape and different types of transport that affect the quality of the development and public realm.

Design guidance

We have published design guidance to help guide decisions on planning applications.

The guidance for the Bournemouth area includes:

The guidance for the Christchurch area includes:

The Christchurch Borough-wide Character Assessment. Here it is split into sections.

The guidance for the Christchurch area includes:

The guidance for the Poole area includes:

Design Panel

We also have a multi-disciplinary Design Panel of members from a range of backgrounds that provides independent advice on larger development schemes.

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