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Christchurch Borough Council

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Christchurch Borough Council

Pure Town Planning consultant Christchurch Dorset

Christchurch Harbour and Priory

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”. We eagerly await Part 2 over the next few years. Christchurch, will you please update the planning policy section of your website!

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: Affordable housing will now be sought on all schemes providing a net increase in residential units at a rate of 50% for “greenfield” sites and 40% elsewhere. Where there is a net increase of 1-4 units a financial contribution will be applied at a rate of £350 per square metre of gross internal area.

Section 106 contributions:

Dorset Heathlands (the whole Borough is within 5km of a heathland site) – £952 for a flat and £1,524 for a house

Transport – part of the South East Dorset Transport Contributions Scheme , for new residential units it is now £1,750 for a one bedroom unit with an additional £350 for each bedroom up to a maximum of £2,800 – they should take into account the number of traffic movements the previous use generates.

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.

Useful Links

Christchurch (Dorset for You) Planning Homepage

Planning Applications Search

Planning Policy