The proposed works on Gravel Hill scheduled to start next year and last for 8 months include the replacement of the Crematorium Roundabout at the junction of Dunyeats Road and Gravel Hill. We believe that this is unnecessary since traffic flows smoothly at present and any delays at peak times are relatively brief, especially on Dunyeats Road. The installation of traffic lights will, by their very nature, interrupt traffic flows, prevent the smooth access onto the junction and cause additional delay since traffic movements are halted.
If you agree that the installation of traffic lights at this junction is both unnecessary and a waste of money please sign the petition below which states:
“We the undersigned believe the replacement of the Crematorium Roundabout at the junction of Dunyeats Road and Gravel Hill will not only unnecessarily interrupt traffic flows but will also increase congestion. We request Poole Transportation Services listen to the views of local residents and users of the Crematorium Roundabout and withdraw the plans to replace the roundabouts with traffic lights.”
As we move forward with the Neighbourhood Plan there are a number of principles we have to follow otherwise the Plan will not receive approval. Firstly, any policies that are included must respect the current Government planning framework, and secondly they must not be counter to the priorities laid down in Poole Council’s Core Strategy. To illustrate: one of the housing policies which gained overwhelming support from residents in the recent consultation required maximum energy efficiencies to be an essential part of any new house build. However, the Government has recently removed any requirement for energy efficiencies to be included, consequently our policy would not stand up to scrutiny at the public enquiry nor would it be enforceable. The advice, therefore, is to remove our original policy and replace it with a Local Design Statement or Supplementary Planning Guidance to encourage developers to include energy efficiency features within their new builds. Such documents would sit along-side the plan and be an important part of the planning process.
One of Poole Council’s key priorities is to promote the use of alternative forms of transport. This means a focus on buses, cycles and pedestrians rather than cars. The work recently completed along Ashley Road was designed to provide greater bus reliability and a safer route for cyclists and pedestrians. As a result some parking was lost. It is not surprising therefore that the Council’s preferred option for the Broadway was Option B whilst Option C, with least loss of car parking, gained the most support amongst residents. Both are shown below for reference. The Forum’s current task therefore is to reconcile this difference. Work is underway on a new proposal and plans are being finalised for further consultation via drop-in sessions at the library. Details will be widely publicised on Broadstone’s various websites and within Broadstone itself.
Analysis of the information gained from the recent consultation continues. Of those who responded specifically to the proposed policies 95% gave their support and clearly showed an appreciation of what the plan was trying to achieve for the community. In terms of housing it is evident, from the comments made, that there is not only a wish to see more smaller units built but that there should be greater provision of affordable housing for young local families. The housing needs assessment, as discussed in last month’s update, would suggest, however, that the latter will be difficult to achieve for several reasons, not least of which is the high value of land. The implication of building more smaller units, whether flats for elderly residents or mews style units for young people, is an increased density. It is therefore essential our planning policies enable us to manage this without significantly changing the character of residential areas. Buildings of three to four stories seemed acceptable to most but where these should be located also needs to be controlled. The obvious location is within the central area of Broadstone but evidence is needed to support any policies which might limit both height and location. This is why we are currently carrying out a detailed survey to establish the current number and distribution of 3 and 4 storey buildings.
We would like to thank all those who responded to the recent consultation which ended on 31st July. For the most part, comments were positive and first impressions suggest overwhelming support for our suggested policies on Open Spaces, Housing, Economy, Transport and Sustainability. Inevitably, options for the Broadway attracted the greatest interest with many helpful comments being proffered. The detailed analysis of all the information has begun and we hope to publish both the comments and our responses in due course.
Whilst the consultation has been running, a second piece of work has been undertaken by planning consultants AECOM. Appointed by Locality, the organisation administering the Government’s funding programme, AECOM has carried out, free of charge, a complex analysis of Broadstone’s housing needs. This is an essential piece of work which provides the evidence base for our housing policies and should enable them to stand up to inspection at a future public inquiry. Although three different data sets and assumptions were used, it is suggested that our housing need over the lifetime of the Neighbourhood Plan is in the region of 729 to 779. This represents about 39 dwellings per year, but given that only 21 have been built over the last 4 years this is a target that could be difficult to attain.
It is important to recognise that these calculations do not take any supply constraints into account. For Broadstone, the lack of available land is a major restrictive factor. Firstly, a significant proportion of the village falls within 400 metres of internationally protected heathland. This means that even if land were available it cannot be used for housing.
Since June 1st Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum’s draft policies and options for the Broadway have been undergoing a statutory consultation. The minimum period of 6 weeks came to an end on 15th July, however, because of a few technical problems associated with the on-line version the period of consultation has been extended to July 31st but any responses that we receive during the early part of August will still be accepted.
In addition to the on-line document hard copies have been available in the library and Molly’s. The Forum has carried out a number of activities to promote the Neighbourhood Plan and the consultation. Articles have been in both the Echo and Community Magazine as well as Broadstone Link. There has been a display in the Library throughout the consultation period and we have attended St John’s Church Summer Fair in addition to the Family Fun Day. We have also been available to talk to shoppers on the Broadway on two Saturdays in July. We understand there has also been some discussion on various social media. So what happens from now? Continue reading “Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum – Draft Plan: where do we go from here?”
Broadstone Neighbourhood Plan has been produced by Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum. The Forum includes local residents and businesses and was created in 2013 with the aim of ‘promoting or improving the social, economic and environmental well-being’ of Broadstone.
The Plan provides local people with the opportunity to have their say about how their neighbourhood should change in the future. The Plan will set out their collective aspirations in terms of housing, shopping and services, community facilities, employment and open spaces. The Plan will refer to the objectives and concerns of existing residents and will be a living document, reflecting a changing community over time.
The views of everyone in Broadstone are very important, so please read through the document before making your decisions.
IMPORTANT – if you wish to submit the form with your choices, then please download it and fill in the fields with your views on the proposals. When complete, click on the SUBMIT button and your replies will be forwarded to the Forum. All views received will be analysed before being submitted to Poole Borough.
The Neighbourhood Forum supported by the Chamber has submitted a bid for £10,000 to install new seating into Broadstone Village. The bid pursues the aim of bringing people together and to improve the feel and appearance of Broadstone as a place.
We win by gaining the most votes cast on-line before 30th May.
Our bid applies to the Community Category but also seeks to reflect the other three categories and particularly seeks to bring younger and older people together.
Broadstone is a suburb of Poole with 10,000 residents and is referred to, by its residents, as ‘the village’. It has a centre comprising community buildings, retail, services and leisure but it is significantly lacking in terms of the quality and appeal of the public realm. It has no focal points and its design has been arrived at through a century of piecemeal decisions leaving no consistent defining feature or features. Consequently people come to Broadstone to do something specific rather than to meet and socialise publicly. In addition, there is no communal encouragement or informal opportunities for young and old to meet or share spaces.
The residential profile is relatively polarised with many young families attracted to popular schools and an older generation who stay or come here to retire.