Introduction

Broadstone is a residential suburb to the north west of Poole and is referred to by local residents as “the village”, an expression which relates to its origins and the strong sense of community which exists. The northern part of Broadstone is covered by green space consisting of Delph Woods, the Castleman Trailway, Broadstone Golf Course and Corfe Hills. To the south – east is Broadstone recreation ground, home to a cricket pitch, football pitches, bowls club, a children’s play area and Broadstone Nature Reserve. A small enclosed meadow, Pocket Park, forms another nature reserve. There are two significant conservation areas within Broadstone as well as other important woodland locations, including the Clump to the south west.

Broadstone has a number of distinct residential areas: to the north east is a defined low density area extending from Golf Links Road and Merriefield Avenue to Ashwood Drive. In the centre is the oldest part of the village where there has already been a significant number of new flats built. Between Higher Blandford Road and the trailway is the Fairview Estate, an area dominated by bungalows. Ribbon development and infill has occurred along both Clarendon Road and Springdale Road, whilst to the west and south west are the West Way and Pine Springs developments dating from the 1980s. These are served by the Pine Springs open space which borders onto Upton Heath.

Centred on the Broadway is an important district centre offering a good range of retail and service facilities and which forms the focus for numerous activities and organisations including the Christmas Parade. Broadstone’s district centre has a sphere of influence extending well beyond its boundaries into Merley, Creekmoor and Canford Heath.

The quality of all the schools within Broadstone attracts young families into the area and 17% of the population is under the age of 15. 61% of residents are of working age and 21% are of pensionable age. Life expectancy for men is 80.9 years and for women it is 85 years, the highest across the whole of Poole. Unemployment levels currently stand at 0.7%, well below the Borough’s average. With a rapidly ageing population Broadstone already has some public sheltered accommodation (Selby Close) and three large residential care homes, one of which has just been built and another is currently undergoing major expansion. A wide selection of churches is available to the community and most work through Broadstone Churches Together. Broadstone also has a Community Band, a Community Choir, Amateur Theatre and a vast array of voluntary organisations, all of which contribute to the quality of life experienced by residents of all ages.

A recent pilot survey amongst Broadstone residents enabled them to prioritise their expectations for shopping and leisure in Broadstone. They said they expected to feel welcomed, respected and satisfied. They also said they expected choice, value for money and, above all, to be safe.

Clearly Broadstone faces a number of important issues over the next few years including traffic management, care for the elderly, protection of open spaces, provision for young people, retention of a viable retail centre, provision of additional family homes and facilities for the elderly. It is therefore important to establish a Local Neighbourhood Plan for the community, hence the need, under the Localism Act, for the creation of a Neighbourhood Forum so that such a plan can be prepared and the quality of life currently enjoyed can not only be preserved but also enhanced.