Our guide to developing in Christchurch
Christchurch is a small Dorset local authority. It is a largely urban borough centred around the historic town of Christchurch set on the smaller of the two natural harbours of Dorset. The borough forms part of the wider south east Dorset conurbation also incorporating the coastal suburbs of Somerford and Highcliffe. It also stretches inland to incorporate much of the urban periphery of Bournemouth including Bournemouth Airport.
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Key points about developing in Christchurch
Development Plan: Christchurch adopted a Joint Core Strategy (with East Dorset District Council) at the end of April 2014 – although now it is being termed the “Christchurch and East Dorset Local Plan Part 1 – Core Strategy”. It looks unlikely there will ever be a part 2.
Pre-application advice: Christchurch charges for this service: £175 for minor proposals (1-9 new dwellings, commercial up to 1000 sqm), £350 for larger proposals, no charge for householder and change of use. Call us for advice on whether this service is worthwhile in your case.
Affordable Housing: The national affordable housing threshold of 10 units (or 1000 sqm) is applied. Above this affordable housing will be sought on all schemes at a rate of 50% for “greenfield” sites and 40% elsewhere.
Community Infrastructure Levy
Christchurch have adopted CIL and are charging at the following rates:
- Residential (10 units or fewer and less than 1000 sqm floorspace): £150 per sqm
- Residential (more than 10 units or more than 1000 sqm floorspace): £70 per sqm
- Extra care housing and care homes: £40 per sqm
- Convenience retail: £110 per sqm
All other development types are zero rated.
Section 106 contributions:
In addition to CIL there is a Dorset Heathlands SAMM tariff (where within 5km of a heathland site which applies to most of the Borough) – £242 for a flat and £355 for a house plus £50 admin
Special policy restrictions:
A few areas of the Borough are within 400m of heathlands sites and there no additional residential units are allowed.
Significant areas of the Borough including much around the town centre are restricted in terms of new residential development due to future predicted flood risk.