Borough of Poole: Well about time too! The Branksome Park and Canford Cliffs areas of Poole have become littered with conservation areas over the years from the huge Branksome Park Conservation Area to the absurdly small with just a handful of buildings in them. The Borough of Poole has embarked on a rationalisation exercise and is now consulting on a series of proposals. Unusually (but entirely sensibly in these cases) the Council are proposing to delete several conservation areas – Beach Road, Canford Cliffs, Compton Acres, Evening Hill and Harbour Heights. They are also proposing to remove the properties on the eastern side of Canford Cliffs Road from the Branksome Park Conservation Area, to expand the Canford Cliffs North Conservation Area to create a more cohesive area and to expand The Avenue Conservation Area to the east up to the Bournemouth Borough boundary. The remaining conservation areas would then be contiguous and would be treated as a single Canford Cliffs and Branksome Park Conservation Area. It would then be proposed to introduce an Article 4 direction to the whole area “to manage gates, fences, driveways and boundary treatment”.

The consultation runs until 03 September and also includes items relating to the Ashington and Brunstead Road Conservation Areas. More information is available here.

Poole Canford Cliffs Conservation Areas
Left: the existing conservation areas, right: the proposed conservation area