Promoting Good Design

We aim to ensure that the design of new buildings and the public realm are of high quality

In-house Design Expertise

Officers provide written and verbal guidance as part of the pre-application and planning application process. 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 illustrate what is good and bad design in Bournemouth and we use this when making decisions on planning applications. This guidance includes:

Bournemouth Design Panel

We also have a multi-disciplinary Design Panel that provides independent advice on the biggest development schemes. For more information see: