Publication Draft of the BCP Local Plan

Our new draft Local Plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole sets out a strategy for how much, where and what type of development will take place across the BCP area up to 2039. It will provide planning policies and site allocations to guide change and new development proposals.

Following our Issues and Options consultation which took place between January and March 2022, we are now consulting on our draft Local Plan (the 'Publication draft' or sometimes referred to as the 'Regulation 19 Plan').

The purpose of the consultation is to provide an opportunity for representations to be made on the Local Plan before it is examined by a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. We need to ask specific questions about the draft Plan. These questions are set by government and are around legal compliance, soundness and how the plan has been prepared.

Have your Say:

The Local Plan documents can be viewed on the main BCP Council website. Here you can view the evidence documents which support the consultation. Please note, the best way of viewing all the information is from a desktop or laptop computer.

Paper copies of the Draft BCP Local Plan, the Policies Maps, the Sustainability Appraisal and the Habitats Regulations Assessment are available for inspection during normal opening hours at:

  • BCP Council, Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY;

Paper copies of the Draft BCP Local Plan are also available for inspection during normal opening hours at:

  • Christchurch Library, 29 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AW;
  • Poole Library, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1QE;
  • Boscombe Library, 32 Hawkwood Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5 1BY;
  • Kinson Library, Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH11 9AW;
  • Rossmore Library, Herbert Avenue, Poole, BH12 4HR

Representations must be made within the consultation period from 20 March 2024 to 1pm on 3 May 2024.

You can make representations by:

Please be aware that the open text boxes in the online survey have a maximum character limit of 9,999. This is roughly equivalent to 2.5 A4 pages of text. A counter on the form shows how many characters are remaining. If your response to any of the open questions is longer than this, please complete an offline response form.

Those making representations may request the right to be heard at the examination of the Draft BCP Local Plan. Representations may be accompanied by a request to be notified of progress when the documents are submitted for examination, publication of recommendations stage, and adoption. More information is available in the statement of representations procedure

Before you comment

Your representation on the draft BCP Local Plan should focus on whether it is legally compliant with relevant legislation and meets the tests of soundness which are that the draft Plan is:

  • Positively prepared – based upon a strategy that will meet BCP’s development needs and whether sufficient infrastructure is provided for;
  • Justified – whether the plan is the most appropriate strategy for BCP, when considered against reasonable alternatives; and
  • Effective – whether the plan is deliverable during the plan period to 2039.
  • Consistent with national policy – enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and other statements of national planning policy, where relevant.

Data Protection and Privacy

The Planning Inspectorate require us to provide the names of persons or organisations making representations. This will ensure an open and fair examination where all other participants in the examination process are able to know who has made representations on the plan and the content of those representations. The council will therefore ensure that the representations can be made available (including by publishing these on our website) and taken into account by the Inspector.

This means that we are unable to accept anonymous representations. All duly made representations, together with the names of respondents, will be made available on the council's website. Personal information such as telephone numbers, addresses, and email addresses will not be published. By submitting a representation, you are confirming that you understand that your response will be published in full, together with your name, including on our website.

The information you provide (including address, telephone numbers, email addresses, etc.) will also be shared with the Programme Officer and the Planning Inspector(s), to be used only for the purposes of conducting the examination.

If you choose not to provide data for this purpose, or ask us to erase your data, you will be unable to participate in the Local Plan Examination process. You have the right to access your personal data and to ensure the council is processing it in the correct way. For further information about how we and the Planning Inspector use your personal information, please visit BCP Council Planning Privacy Notice and the Planning Inspectorate Privacy Notice.


Our new draft Local Plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole sets out a strategy for how much, where and what type of development will take place across the BCP area up to 2039. It will provide planning policies and site allocations to guide change and new development proposals.

Following our Issues and Options consultation which took place between January and March 2022, we are now consulting on our draft Local Plan (the 'Publication draft' or sometimes referred to as the 'Regulation 19 Plan').

The purpose of the consultation is to provide an opportunity for representations to be made on the Local Plan before it is examined by a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. We need to ask specific questions about the draft Plan. These questions are set by government and are around legal compliance, soundness and how the plan has been prepared.

Have your Say:

The Local Plan documents can be viewed on the main BCP Council website. Here you can view the evidence documents which support the consultation. Please note, the best way of viewing all the information is from a desktop or laptop computer.

Paper copies of the Draft BCP Local Plan, the Policies Maps, the Sustainability Appraisal and the Habitats Regulations Assessment are available for inspection during normal opening hours at:

  • BCP Council, Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY;

Paper copies of the Draft BCP Local Plan are also available for inspection during normal opening hours at:

  • Christchurch Library, 29 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AW;
  • Poole Library, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1QE;
  • Boscombe Library, 32 Hawkwood Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5 1BY;
  • Kinson Library, Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH11 9AW;
  • Rossmore Library, Herbert Avenue, Poole, BH12 4HR

Representations must be made within the consultation period from 20 March 2024 to 1pm on 3 May 2024.

You can make representations by:

Please be aware that the open text boxes in the online survey have a maximum character limit of 9,999. This is roughly equivalent to 2.5 A4 pages of text. A counter on the form shows how many characters are remaining. If your response to any of the open questions is longer than this, please complete an offline response form.

Those making representations may request the right to be heard at the examination of the Draft BCP Local Plan. Representations may be accompanied by a request to be notified of progress when the documents are submitted for examination, publication of recommendations stage, and adoption. More information is available in the statement of representations procedure

Before you comment

Your representation on the draft BCP Local Plan should focus on whether it is legally compliant with relevant legislation and meets the tests of soundness which are that the draft Plan is:

  • Positively prepared – based upon a strategy that will meet BCP’s development needs and whether sufficient infrastructure is provided for;
  • Justified – whether the plan is the most appropriate strategy for BCP, when considered against reasonable alternatives; and
  • Effective – whether the plan is deliverable during the plan period to 2039.
  • Consistent with national policy – enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and other statements of national planning policy, where relevant.

Data Protection and Privacy

The Planning Inspectorate require us to provide the names of persons or organisations making representations. This will ensure an open and fair examination where all other participants in the examination process are able to know who has made representations on the plan and the content of those representations. The council will therefore ensure that the representations can be made available (including by publishing these on our website) and taken into account by the Inspector.

This means that we are unable to accept anonymous representations. All duly made representations, together with the names of respondents, will be made available on the council's website. Personal information such as telephone numbers, addresses, and email addresses will not be published. By submitting a representation, you are confirming that you understand that your response will be published in full, together with your name, including on our website.

The information you provide (including address, telephone numbers, email addresses, etc.) will also be shared with the Programme Officer and the Planning Inspector(s), to be used only for the purposes of conducting the examination.

If you choose not to provide data for this purpose, or ask us to erase your data, you will be unable to participate in the Local Plan Examination process. You have the right to access your personal data and to ensure the council is processing it in the correct way. For further information about how we and the Planning Inspector use your personal information, please visit BCP Council Planning Privacy Notice and the Planning Inspectorate Privacy Notice.


Page last updated: 19 Apr 2024, 09:24 AM