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Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset Joint Retail and Leisure Study 2017

This is a shared evidence study, the main purpose of which is to inform the preparation of the review of the Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy (2014) and the Bournemouth Local Plan, Core Strategy (2012).

The Joint Retail and Leisure Study is split into two volumes. Volume 1 Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset Joint Retail and Leisure Study summarises the relevant policy context, describes the shopping hierarchy and provides a needs assessment for retail and other main town centre uses.

Volume 2 Bournemouth Christchurch and East Dorset Joint Retail and Leisure Study relates specifically to Christchurch and East Dorset. This volume assesses the main centres in the Borough and District and sets out recommendations and conclusions. Health checks of each defined centre are also included in this volume. Volumes 1 and 2 should be read alongside each other.

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset Joint Retail Study 2017 has been prepared by Lichfields on behalf of Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Bournemouth Borough Council. The study has been prepared in line with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and in accordance with the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG). This study completely supersedes the 2008 Joint Retail Study and the 2012 Christchurch and East Dorset Joint Retail Study Update.

What does the study include?

The study provides a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the need for new retail, leisure and other main town centre uses within Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset. It provides a description of existing retail facilities within the Boroughs and District, and it identifies the role the main town, market town and rural centres play in meeting the needs of customers. The assessment of need includes both food and non-food retailing and eating/drinking away from the home. The study includes an assessment of:

  1. changes in circumstances and shopping patterns since the previous studies were undertaken, including the effects of the recession, the availability of 2011 Census data, the requirements of the NPPF and the recent changes to permitted development rights
  2. the future need and (residual) capacity for retail, food and beverage and leisure floorspace for the period up to 2033
  3. the potential implications of emerging developments both within and Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset, in terms of impact on town centres and potential changes to shopping patterns
  4. the existing retail hierarchy and network of centres and advises whether any changes are required; and
  5. existing development plan policies, allocations and recommendations on how each centre can develop its role

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