Christchurch & East Dorset Core Strategy Approved

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The Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy, the main planning document for the next 15 years, is sound and can be adopted.

That is the conclusion of a report issued by the Inspector appointed by the Secretary Of State for Communities and Local Government.

The Core Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State in March 2013, and an Inspector was appointed to undertake an Examination into the soundness of the plan. As part of the Examination, hearing sessions were held on a range of topics in September 2013 in Christchurch and Wimborne.

Aside from finding the Core Strategy sound, the Inspector’s report makes a number of other conclusions including the fact that it has been subject to appropriate levels of consultation.

The Inspector found that the councils have cooperated with adjoining authorities and there has been a rigorous and controlled approach to defining Green Belt boundaries.

The Strategy has assessed the need for housing correctly so there is no recommendation for an early review and the housing land studies are robust.
The fact that the councils have a joint housing requirement will allow flexibility in meeting five year housing land supply and the combined housing target is also consistent with national planning policy. The targets for affordable housing on greenfield sites and on brownfield sites are justified and consistent with evidence of need and viability.

The amount of employment land required has been assessed correctly and the vision and proposals for Bournemouth Airport are justified and effective.

April 12, 2014 |

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