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Planning Policy


One of the most important responsibilities of the Planning Policy team is production of the Council's policies for future development. In simple terms, these indicate the types of developments that will and will not be permitted, and where development is likely to take place across the Borough. Policies tackle a wide range of land-use issues such as housing, transport, the economy, conservation and recreation and leisure.


Adopted policy

The current documents setting out the Council's planning policy form the new Local Plan| (click link to access summaries of the documents); these include:

Other planning policy documents include:

Additional Planning Guidance| is given in the form of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) and Planning Guidance Notes (PGN).


Emerging policy

The existing Bournemouth District Wide Local Plan (2002) will eventually be replaced by new Local Plan documents including:

The production of new planning documents and policies is being overseen and advised by the LDF Steering Group.|


When producing new planning policy documents, consultations are undertaken in line with the Council's adopted Statement of Commuity Involvement|. Planning Policy consultations, both current and closed, can be tracked on the consultations page|.


It is anticipated that, in the future, the current developer contributions (with the exception of affordable housing) will be collected through a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)|. Once established, a detailed timetable of expected progress with CIL will be published.


Revocation of Regional Strategy and Structure Plan

As of 20th May 2013 the draft Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West, Regional Planning Guidance 10 and the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Structure Plan were revoked. The Regional Strategy for the South West (Revocation) Order 2013 can be viewed here|.


More Information

For more information contact the Planning Policy Team

Telephone Us 01202 451323




All the local plan documents can be viewed at Bournemouth Town Hall, as well as at the Borough's libraries.

Related Information


Postal Address Planning & Transport,
Town Hall Annexe,
St Stephen's Road,
Telephone 01202 451323
Fax 01202 451005
Minicom 01202 454728
Email Planning
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