One of our key election pledges, that your Broadstone councillors made in May 2015, was to do all we can to ensure the village remain a clean and green place to live, while at the same time promoting good jobs and securing business opportunities. The most important tool Poole Council has to control development of the built environment is called a ‘Local Plan’. It replaces the planning rules that were contained in a ‘Core Strategy’ document, which is now obsolete and needs renewing. An important part of the Local Plan is to take notice of YOUR opinions by means of a public consultation which closes on Monday 8 August 2016 – if you’d like to take part, you can respond on the www.poole.gov.uk website. Once completed, officers at the council have to take notice of your comments to set out the updated plan for Poole Borough, that will guide development to 2033. Housing is a key priority for the Council and we are prioritising sites to deliver regeneration and housing by means of reusing previously built on brownfield site, rather than green spaces.
Whitehall has told Poole it needs 14,200 new homes at a rate of 710 homes a year up to 2033. We are doing all we can to challenge these figures but that is the target we are being told is wanted. We are also making sure new employment, retail, infrastructure and open spaces go alongside the additional housing to provide a balanced economy and maintain Poole as a high quality place to live and work. We are negotiating hard with business partners who come forward with development proposals on sites that are not owned by the Council but are very desirable to develop, such as the regeneration site in Hamworthy and the Town Centre. This will reduce the need to build on green spaces in Broadstone.
We have already been successful in promoting two ‘Growth Deal’ bids by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is a consortium of Dorset Councils and businesses. Both deals include development of housing on brown sites but we are waiting for an announcement from Whitehall on allocation of ‘Growth Deal’ funds to provide finance. Since the EU referendum decision, we are working closely with the Council, our MPs, Whitehall and the LEP to integrate business and inward investment support through this critical time.
We will keep you informed of developments but in the meantime, please help by contributing to the Local Plan consultation by August 8th at www.poole.gov.uk/planning-and-buildings/planning/ldp/local-plan-review.
Cllr David Newell & Cllr Mrs Joanne Tomlin