Boscombe and Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan

Consultation on Submission Plan (Regulation 16 Consultation)

Boscombe and Pokesdown Neighbourhood Forum submitted their Neighbourhood Plan on 20th July 2018, to Bournemouth Borough Council in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

Under Regulation 16, we consulted on the Submission Version of the Boscombe & Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan.

Comments were invited during a consultation period which ran from 20th September to 2nd November 2018

Submission Documents

A new Submission Document has been added on 16 May 2019. A Habitats Regulations Assessment Report May 2019 has been submitted to the Examiner and can be viewed below.

Representations received in response to Consultation

The Council received a total of 12 representations in response to the consultation. This includes a late representation received in May 2019, which has been included as Ref 12. All the representations can be seen here.

Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan

After the consultation period ended, the plan and all associated representations were submitted to an independent examiner who will determine if the plan meets certain requirements and standards. A further submission document, a Habitats Regulations Assessment May 2019,  was submitted to the examiner on 15 May 2019 for consideration. The examiner will produce a report which will contain recommendations. This will be published online in due course. 

Next stages

We will consider the examiner's report and decide whether the plan is ready to be put to a public referendum to determine if the plan should be accepted. If more than 50% of those voting in the referendum vote "yes", we are required to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 19).

Once adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will form part of the statutory Development Plan framework and become a material consideration in determining planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area.


Previous Stages of Neighbourhood Plan

Consultation on Draft Plan (Regulation 14 Consultation)

Boscombe and Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan Forum published a Draft Neighbourhood Plan for consultation and invited comments from 20th January - 3rd March 2018. Details of key policies can be seen at:-

The full document can be seen at:-

Designation of Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Plan Forum

Bournemouth Borough Council approved an application by the community to designate Boscombe and Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan Forum and Neighbourhood Area in May 2016.

The approved Neighbourhood Area covers Boscombe East and Boscombe West wards.

This decision enables the local community to prepare a neighbourhood plan for their area in accordance with the Localism Act 2011. It is the first such designation in Bournemouth.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is different from other planning documents because it is prepared by the local community.

Once it has been completed through a statutory process and adopted by the council, the policies in the plan will be used, alongside the council’s planning policy documents, to make decisions on planning applications in the area.

For more information, watch the My Community video, "Understanding Neighbourhood Planning"

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