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 are now consulting on the Submission Version of the Boscombe & Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan.

The consultation runs from 20th September to 2nd November 2018

Submission Documents

You can see copies of the documents at Boscombe Library, Pokesdown & Southbourne Library, Bournemouth Library and the Customer Services Centre in St Stephen's Road during normal opening hours.

How to respond

Representations can be made:-

  • by downloading a Response Form which can be returned by
    • Email:
    • Post: Planning Policy team, Development Services, Bournemouth Borough Council, Town Hall Annexe, St Stephen's Road, Bournemouth BH2 6EA
  • Representations may include a request to be notified of the local planning authority's decision under Regulation 19 to adopt the Plan. If you wish to be notified please indicate this in the appropriate place on the Response Form. 

Representations must be received by no later than Friday 2nd November 2018

All representations received will be forwarded on to the appointed Examiner. Representations may be published on this website and will include your name and address. However any published information will not contain email addresses, telephone numbers or signatures, which will be redacted.

Next stages

Once the consultation period has ended, we will submit the plan and all associated representations to an independent examiner who will determine if the plan meets certain requirements and standards. The examiner will produce a report which will contain recommendations. This will be published online in due course. 

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"

For further information or to get involved, please visit: