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Joint Retail Study

The Joint Retail Study provides an assessment of the future needs for additional retail facilities within the local authority areas of Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck councils up to 2026.

The study provides the following:

  • an assessment of the future needs for additional retail facilities within the four local authority areas up to 2026
  • an analysis of the role, function and network of existing centres within the four local authority areas
  • an assessment of the capacity of each district to accommodate growth, and the identification of potential development sites
  • a policy review and proposed issues and options for the Local Development Framework (LDF)

The study includes an assessment of the main town and district centres within the four local authority areas, namely Christchurch, Highcliffe, Ferndown, Verwood, West Moors, Wimborne Minster, Blandford Forum, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton, Stalbridge, Swanage, Upton and Wareham.

The study is available split into two volumes.  Volume 1 includes the macro analysis covering all four authority areas and volume 2 is split into four with separate sections for each of the partner authorities:

Christchurch and East Dorset Update

There is also a Christchurch and East Dorset update to this study which should be read in conjunction with the above volumes.  It provides further assessment in these areas towards non A1 use classes in retail centres and a local threshold for retail impact assessments.

Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck councils commissioned the joint town centre and retail study from consultants Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP).

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