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One of the most important responsibilities of the Planning Policy team is the production of the Council's policy for future developments in the town. In simple terms, it gives people an idea of the types of development that will and will not be permitted, and where development is likely to take place. It tackles a wide range of land-use issues such as housing, transport, the economy, conservation and recreation and leisure.
The current documents setting out the Council's planning policy form the new Local Plan|, these include:
Additional Planning Guidance| is given in the form of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) and Planning Guidance Notes (PGN).
Bournemouth, as a Unitary Authority, has strategic planning responsibilities. This involves working with neighbouring strategic authorities developing long term policies covering a large area on a wide range of land use issues such as housing, transport, the economy, conservation and recreation and leisure. At county level the current policy is provided by the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Structure Plan|.
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 inline with the Council's adopted Statement of Commuity Involvement| are undertaken. 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.
For more information contact the Planning Policy Team
All the local plan documents can be viewed at Bournemouth Town Hall, as well as the Borough's Libraries.
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