Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum – July 2016

The statutory consultation period for the Broadstone Draft Neighbourhood Plan has now ended and work is well underway processing the comments received. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to the consultation. Over the 6 week period Forum members have spoken to many residents about the draft plan, both in the Library, where there has been a small exhibition, and at our Saturday stand in the Broadway. Overall the response has been very positive with support for all 14 policies including the development of a masterplan. To preserve the best of Broadstone in terms of open spaces and residential character is seen as a good thing. The provision of additional housing, especially if it can provide increased opportunities for young people, is accepted. It is of course necessary to manage any increased density that may result if the overall character of Broadstone is not to be seriously compromised. The policies related to land severance and increased building height appear to hit the right balance and provide an opportunity to improve some of the worst elements of design, especially within the “village” centre. Work is currently in progress to produce a detailed road by road characterisation study. As a supplement to the plan itself, this document will establish the design features to be followed in the event of any new build within the Broadstone plan area. Detailed comments from the consultation and the Forum’s responses will be published on our website in due course. They will also become part of the Consultation Statement which will be submitted to the Independent Examiner as part of the required documentation prior to a Referendum taking place.

There has been some misunderstanding around the potential development of a master plan for the central area. To clarify, there are two options. Without a masterplan any future development of Broadstone would be totally within the control of developers and the Borough of Poole’s planning department. Residents and local businesses would have little or no say in the decisions. On the other hand a masterplan created in partnership with the community would ensure future developments reflected any long term vision the community might have. As there is no masterplan at present there are no specific proposals, though some ideas, for example a multi-storey car park and pedestrianisation, have been suggested by both residents and members of the business community. As was to be expected these have stimulated considerable debate, and I am sure will continue to do so. However, it is clear from the responses received, there is strong support for the creation of a masterplan, albeit differing views as to the content. This can be thoroughly considered during the next phase of work.

The Forum has, from the very start of the Neighbourhood Planning process, stated that no change is not an option. The recent publication (13th June) of Poole Council’s Housing proposals confirms both this and the need for a masterplan. Site A28 in Appendix 2 suggests the possibility of building 20 houses over the Story Lane car park. It is also suggested that the area within which flats would be acceptable is extended significantly beyond the limits currently approved in the Core Strategy, Poole’s key planning document. All the relevant documents can be found on the Borough’s website at http://www.poole.gov.uk/planning-and-buildings/planning/ldp/local-plan-review/ and residents are being asked to send their comments to the Council. The consultation lasts from June 13th to August 8th. We would urge you all to check out the proposals and let the Council know what you think. The Neighbourhood Forum will be submitting a response in due course. However, these proposals have the potential to affect everyone so don’t leave it to someone else. Make sure you have your say.

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Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum – June 2016

By the time you read this article the statutory 6 week consultation will have ended and we will have the task of collating all the comments. If appropriate, we will then modify the policies. An initial look at the comments so far received suggests a general support for all the key policies which are designed to protect and enhance the best features of Broadstone, especially the open spaces and residential character. The concept of a masterplan is also being welcomed though it is necessary to re-iterate the message that at this point in time a masterplan does not exist and that the suggestions being put forward are all open to debate. There are no proposals, at this point in time, to remove the toast-rack, pedestrianise the Broadway or build a multi-storey car park. The development of a masterplan involves detailed discussions with a wide variety of interested parties and it could take at least a year before there are any firm proposals. In the meantime the draft plan still has a number of hurdles to clear before it becomes a statutory planning document (see last month’s update for details).

Library-DisplayxThe display in Broadstone Library attracted quite a lot of attention. It highlighted the key features of the draft plan, namely the vision statement and objectives, policies relating to each of the 5 themes and an introduction to the concept of a masterplan. In addition, copies of the draft plan itself were available, together with a number of background documents. These all have to be submitted to the Government Inspector prior to the examination in public as they provide the evidence that we have met the necessary conditions which underpin the neighbourhood planning process. Members of the Forum spent time over the 6 week consultation period guiding residents through the display, answering questions and listening to comments, the vast majority of which were very supportive. We also had a street stall on most Saturdays throughout April and May.

In addition to any modifications we may have to make as a result of this consultation, Forum members have three documents to finish before the end of June when it is hoped the draft plan can be submitted to Council. The first of these is the Consultation Statement which details the various consultation processes that have been undertaken by the Forum whilst developing the plan. The second document is the Evidence Base which provides an account and explanation of all the evidence that has been used. The third, and perhaps the most important, document is the detailed characterisation of Broadstone. This involves area by area and road by road descriptions of the built landscape, the identification of key design features and opportunities for development and environmental enhancement. It will become the reference document for anyone submitting a planning application and will help to ensure the plan’s policies will be followed.

It is anticipated all work will be completed by the end of June. Exactly when the Council will commence its 5 week consultation is not known, nor are the dates for the examination in public and the referendum. We are hoping that the plan will have overcome these hurdles and have been adopted by the end of this year.

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Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum – May 2016

Our AGM on 31st March was well attended. More than sixty residents sacrificed a warm sunny evening to find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan, which has reached a critical stage in its development. In addition Rev. Canon Nigel Lloyd introduced some interesting and ambitious ideas for St. John’s Church.

The Draft Neighbourhood plan has evolved considerably since the area-wide consultation last June and is almost ready for the next major hurdle, a Public Inquiry. But before this can take place we have to give residents an opportunity to comment. This consultation is a statutory requirement and must last a minimum of six weeks. We started this consultation on 13th April and it closes on Tuesday 31st May. Please use this opportunity to complete a survey form and have your say.

The Draft Plan and various supporting documents can be accessed on-line by visiting the Neighbourhood Forum’s consultation page: broadstoneneighbourhood.uk/consultation. The survey form is also on-line and accessed using broadstoneneighbourhood.uk. We have taken every precaution to make sure the form can be completed and submitted very easily. For those who prefer to use paper the documents and survey forms are available in both Broadstone Library (where there is also a small exhibition) and the reception area of Poole Planning Services at the Civic Centre. We are also happy to receive comments by email: broadstoneneighbourhood@gmail.com

Following this consultation all comments will be noted and used to further refine the plan before finally submitting it to the Borough of Poole. From that point onwards it becomes the responsibility of the Council to arrange a further consultation followed by the Public Inquiry and finally a referendum. If the plan overcomes these hurdles it becomes a statutory planning document which has to be taken into account by Poole’s planning officers and developers.

The crucial point to remember is that no change is not an option. The Government has recently made a number of modifications to planning rules which make it easier for developers to build with fewer constraints. As a result, Broadstone is already seeing a number of new applications which will potentially change the Broadway. Other applications could impact on Broadstone’s residential areas. Without a Neighbourhood Plan in place it would be very difficult to control many future developments. With an approved plan there is a greater opportunity to manage development and to protect the best of what exists. Less well performing areas could even be enhanced. We hope the policies we are proposing have hit the right balance and so gain residents’ approval.

The policies cover five main themes: protecting and enhancing green space and wild life corridors; managing housing development; preparing for climate change; improving access and movement, and sustaining economic viability. These were all regarded as being of great importance by residents during our initial consultations.

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Broadstone Neighbourhood Plan: Regulation 14 Consultation

Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum would very much like you to comment on the Draft Broadstone Neighbourhood Plan. Much has changed following feedback received from the engagement and consultation undertaken throughout June 2015. The Plan has evolved and now contains 14 policies covering 5 main themes:

  • Protection of our green spaces
  • Housing development
  • Preparing for Climate change
  • Access and Movement
  • Vibrant Economy

The Masterplan approach is proposed for central Broadstone to ensure that individuals, the community and other interested parties can get involved in how the Broadway will function in the future, realising its full potential as a place for community life to flourish.

Please have your say during this important public consultation stage. All comments will be gratefully received. You can access the Draft Neighbourhood Plan by clicking on Consultation on the menu bar above. Paper copies are available in Broadstone Library where there is also a small display of the policies and related documents. The Plan is also available to view at Poole Planning Services, Civic Centre.

You can complete the form below on-line, but if you prefer, you can complete a hard copy which is available from Broadstone Library or Poole Planning Services at the Civic Centre. Hard copies should be returned to the box in Broadstone Library or posted to: Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum (Reg 14 Consultation), C/o Planning Services, Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU.

Comments can be submitted by email to the following address: broadstoneneighbourhood@gmail.com

The consultation commences on Wednesday 13th April and ends on Tuesday May 31st 2016.

Broadstone Neighbourhood Draft Plan: Consultation Response Form

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On behalf of Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum thank you for taking the time to complete this consultation document.  Your comments are important and will help inform the next stage of the Neighbourhood Plan.

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Broadstone Neighbourhood Plan

The following slides formed the basis of the presentation at the Neighbourhood Forum Annual General Meeting. After a brief introduction showing the area of the plan and a few statistics about Broadstone the next few slides highlight the policies contained within the Neighbourhood Plan and cover themes such as Green Spaces, Housing, Access and Movement, Sustainability and Economic Viability. The final section introduces the idea of developing a Masterplan for Broadstone. It is important to note that this is not part of the Neighbourhood Plan but would be developed if the Neighbourhood Plan is approved at Referendum. The suggestions, maps and illustrations are examples of what could be in the Masterplan, but what is finally included will very much depend upon what residents and local organisations tell us they actually want.

Click here to download the AGM Presentation. NOTE: This is a large document

Consultation document - front page

Consultation document – front page

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Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum – April 2016

With the Forum’s next Annual General Meeting fast approaching – it takes place on Thursday 31st March in St. John’s Church Hall at 7.30pm – it seems an appropriate time to reflect on our first three years before looking to the future.

What is the Forum, why did it come into existence, and what has it been doing?

The Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum is a fully constituted organisation whose committee works with other organisations for the benefit of Broadstone residents. It was formed, like all other Forums across the Country, as a direct response to the Government’s Localism Act of 2011. This permitted Neighbourhood Forums to be established where Parish or Town Councils did not exist. Once established, a Neighbourhood Forum can develop a Local Plan which then becomes an integral part of the planning system. It enables local people to have a greater say in planning decisions as well as contribute to a locality’s future development. Growing dissatisfaction with Borough of Poole planning decisions acted as a motivator and led to an application for approval being submitted to the Borough of Poole in September 2012. The application was finally approved in February 2013 when Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum became the first such Forum in Poole. Poole Quays Forum was approved shortly afterwards and today these are the only two to have been established within the Borough. Since approval was granted members have been involved in producing a Neighbourhood Plan in line with our vision statement and core objectives.

Our very first public meeting was held on May 4th 2013 as part of the Step into Broadstone Day organised by the Chamber of Trade. During the day a continuous stream of residents visited our displays in St. John’s Church Hall, engaged in discussions and raised issues that were of concern including parking, traffic congestion, housing provision, protecting the environment and improving the Broadway and pedestrian/cyclist access. From this session we were able to develop a vision for Broadstone which has underpinned all our work since then. We have held further consultation events, taken part in the Family Fun Days, submitted comments on the McCarthy and Stone planning application, gaining some improvements to the design as well as a guarantee that the informal footpath between Macaulay Road and Dunyeats Road would be retained. We have contributed to the current review of Poole’s Core Strategy and most recently have led a petition against the proposal for traffic lights to replace the Crematorium roundabout. That petition gained almost 3,000 signatures. We have recently learned that the roundabouts will now stay.

In addition to these activities we have been carrying out a series of surveys collecting evidence to support the evolving Neighbourhood Plan and its policies. You will recall the major consultation last summer when we had 5,000 leaflets delivered across the whole of Broadstone. We have analysed the responses, and as a result, have rewritten much of the content, redrafted some of the plan’s policies and produced some new ones. We have only been able to carry out all this work as a result of two successful bids for Government funding, totalling £14,920.

After three years the Broadstone Neighbourhood Plan is virtually finished. We intend to launch our second and most important community wide consultation at the Annual General Meeting. Not only will the completed plan and some of the supporting documents be on display for the very first time but there will be two important and potentially challenging presentations. Much can happen to Broadstone between now and 2031. Without a plan we will have little say but with the plan there is an opportunity to manage what happens and help create a vibrant, welcoming, safe and sustainable Broadstone that we can all enjoy living in.

Mike Brooke, Chair, Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum.

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Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum AGM

THERE IS STILL TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE BROADSTONE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

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Thursday 31st March 2016
St John’s Church Hall
Macaulay Road

The Draft Plan: its policies and aspirations

Refreshments: Tea, Coffee, Biscuits

  • What will the plan achieve?
  • Can we protect our green spaces?
  • Can we control new developments?
  • Can we manage traffic movements and car parking?
  • Can the Broadway be improved?
  • Are pedestrians more important than cars?
  • What next?
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Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum update – March 2016

Lytchett Drive play area

Photo of Lytchett Drive informal play area

One of Poole Council’s corporate priorities is the protection of the environment and open spaces. The Core Strategy, Poole’s key planning document sets out very high ideals: “to respect the urban greenspace/greenspace network and provide for its protection and where appropriate contribute to its expansion.” Broadstone’s Neighbourhood Forum has recognised the importance of such aims and has embodied them in its draft open/green space policies. Our initial Regulation 14 consultation resulted in over 95% of respondents supporting improved protection and enhancement of all the area’s open/green spaces and green corridors. It is therefore of prime importance to know what exists where and to identify those which could benefit from improvement.

In carrying out a field survey, a desk top study and a consultation exercise with both the Council and various residents groups, we have identified a number of open spaces within Broadstone that are in council ownership but have not been recorded as open spaces. In one instance, legal documents from 1978 confirm they are indeed public open spaces and should be indicated as such on all relevant maps. The Forum has already updated the appropriate maps for inclusion within the Plan. It has also informed the Council’s Strategic Planning Department of the findings and recommended changes to the council’s own documents. In addition it is has created an inventory of all the open and green spaces within its boundary. Whilst Broadstone is fortunate to have significant areas of woodland, heathland, district parks and recreation grounds it actually has less than the Borough’s stated minimum standard of urban amenity and informal play space. Such land should be available to a local community within 300 metres or 5 minutes walking distance. The Lytchett Drive informal play area is an excellent example that is highly valued by residents as it contributes significantly to their well-being as well as fostering a great community spirit. Informal football and cricket matches, family picnics and street parties contribute to the well-being of all the residents.

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Lytchett Drive presentation to Cabinet: 9th Feb 2016

Recreation and play area, Lytchett Drive

Recreation and play area, Lytchett Drive

Thank you for allowing me to make this representation on behalf of residents in Lytchett Drive & Sandford Way, Broadstone. There are several reasons why the proposed sites in Lytchett Drive and Sandford Way should be withdrawn from the current list of development sites, but I will focus on just three.

  1. The Council is bound by the 1978 legal Agreement to maintain the sites as public open space and play area. I draw your attention to the original conditions under which planning consent for the development was given and agreed by both the developer and Poole Council. In that agreement it clearly states: “the developer will layout and landscape two acres of the …land as amenity open space ……and within 5 years transfer the green land to the Council on payment by the Council of 5 pence”. In return the council agreed to maintain the land as amenity open space and not erect any buildings, houses or flats. The Council deemed it essential to have this public open space/play area in 1978 because of the density and volume of housing being built. That need still exists today. To quote Council’s Open Space Strategy Broadstone has less than the Borough’s stated minimum standard of amenity & informal play space. Any decision to allow housing on these sites will be in breach of the legally binding agreement and to the detriment of the well-being of several hundred families.
  2. Secondly, to dispose of this land for housing, would be contrary to the Council’s corporate priorities relating to health and well-being of local communities and protecting the environment and open spaces. It would also mean the council would be failing to meet its obligation under the core strategy (NE30) – “to respect the urban greenspace/green space network and provide for its protection and where appropriate contribute to its expansion”. In addition it would be failing to meet the council’s own Green Space Standards and open Space Strategy. The latter states such land should be within 300 metres or 5 minutes walking distance, which if the existing space is lost, would no longer be the case. Because it is the only safe amenity and informal play area within that distance it is very heavily used by the residents, but especially the 200 children. There are regular informal football matches (they have their own portable goal posts); cricket and other ball games take place; the community have picnics and street parties, and it is this space which contributed over the years to the development of a strong sense of community. All this demonstrates the play area in particular is fulfilling Aims 1, 2 and 3 of the Open Space Strategy along with PO20, PO24, PO25, PO26, and PO 27. To dispose of this space will consequently have a major impact upon this community with the increased potential for i) accidents as a result of children playing in the road and ii) higher levels of anti-social behaviour.
  3. The 2011 Localism Act permits the creation of Neighbourhood Forums, specifically to produce Neighbourhood Plans. Neighbourhood Forums are statutory organisations that must be consulted and Neighbourhood Plans are legal planning documents which take precedence over local plans. Broadstone Neighbourhood’s Plan, which is approaching completion identifies, in response to a Ward wide consultation, all Broadstone’s informal and formal green and public open spaces. Lytchett Drive public open spaces and play area are included. Under the Localism Act such spaces gain a level of protection commensurate with Green Belt Status. The Plan does support an increase in housing density in the central area of Broadstone which is within 300 metres of the Park & Recreation Ground.
  4. There has been no formal consultation with residents and the only consultation with ward councillors has been disregarded. There is no reference to their views in the officer’s report to Cabinet.

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Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum – February 2016

At the same time as the visitor survey that we reported on in the January issue of the Link was carried out, a car parking survey was also undertaken. This survey covered both council car parks, private and informal parking areas and on-street parking within 5 minutes walking distance of the Broadway. In total there are approximately 576 spaces available of which 129 are managed by the Council and for which a charge is levied. For much of each day they operate below capacity. There are 41 spaces available in the two toast rack parking areas. Whilst parking is free the maximum length of stay is restricted to 30 minutes. There are an additional 17 on-road spaces in the Broadway and Macaulay Road. At times the demand for these free spaces gives rise to queues which interfere with the flow of traffic through the Broadway itself. The traffic lights in close proximity to the roundabouts only make the situation worse. Much of the rest of the available parking is on residential roads, for example Tudor Road, West Heath Road and the Ridgeway. Some of this is time-limited.

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