Boscombe and Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan

Boscombe & Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Referendum of Neighbourhood Plan

On 17 September 2019 BCP Council decided to accept all the Examiner's recommended modifications and agreed that the Boscombe & Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan (as modified) should proceed to referendum.

The Decision Statement, which set out the Council's agreement to all the Examiner's modifications and proposed that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum, was published on 18 September 2019.

The referendum will be held on 31 October 2019.

The referendum area is identified on this map. The referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the Boscombe & Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan area.

The referendum specified documents can be viewed below:

A paper copy of the specified documents can be inspected during normal opening hours at:

  • Boscombe Library, 32 Hawkwood Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1DY
  • Pokesdown & Southbourne Library, Seabourne Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth BH5 2HY
  • BCP Council Customer Contact Services Centre, St Stephen’s Road Bournemouth BH2 6EB
  • Bournemouth Library, 22 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RQ

Further information about the Referendum can be found on the Electoral Services webpages.

Examiner's Report

The Examiner issued the Independent Examiner's Report of the Boscombe and Pokesdown Neighbourhood Plan on 16th July 2019. It concluded that, subject to the recommended modifications, the Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to Referendum.

A report which set out the Council's agreement to all the Examiner's recommendations in the form of a Decision Statement and proposed that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum was taken to BCP Council Cabinet on 11 September 2019. Cabinet agreed to recommend to Council that the plan should proceed to referendum. Council agreed with this recommendation on 17 September 2019.

Next stage

If more than 50% of those voting in the referendum vote "yes", the Council is required to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 19). A report will need to be taken to a future Council meeting.

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

Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan

After the consultation period ended, the plan, submission documents and all associated representations were submitted to an independent examiner appointed to 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.

Submission Documents

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

Consultation of Submission Version of Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 16 Consultation)

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

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.

Submission of Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 15)

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).

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: