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Core Strategy Issues and Options

In March 2008 Christchurch and East Dorset Councils conducted a formal period of public consultation on the joint draft Core Strategy. Comments received through the consultation have been considered by the councils during preparation of the options for consideration document.

The Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy Issues and Options discussion paper addressed a range of planning issues which face Christchurch Borough and East Dorset District. The paper asked for views on a number of possible options which the councils may implement in the future to address these issues. The formal six week consultation on the discussion paper was completed on 6 May 2008.

The Issues and Options paper was prepared to trigger discussion about future planning across both district areas. The document was broken into themed sections, each of which set out a range of identified issues and proposed policy options. The discussion paper (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window) that was consulted on is still available to read.

Responses to the Issues & Options consultation

Consultation ran between 25 March and 06 May 2008, during which time 857 responses were received. Summaries of the responses to each of the 15 themes are provided below:

  1. Our Sustainable Future: addressing climate change (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)
  2. Protecting the Natural Environment (pdf, 730kb) (opens in a new window)
  3. The Historic Built Environment (pdf, 546kb) (opens in a new window)
  4. Settlement Strategy (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)
  5. Development in the Green Belt (pdf, 383kb) (opens in a new window)
  6. Urban Extensions (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)
  7. Transport (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window) 
  8. Town Centre Vitality (pdf, 629kb) (opens in a new window)
  9. Sustainable Economic Growth (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)
  10. Bournemouth International Airport (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)
  11. Delivering Suitable and Sufficient Housing (pdf, 1005kb) (opens in a new window)
  12. Community Issues (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)
  13. Improving Sport & Leisure Facilities (pdf, 772kb) (opens in a new window)
  14. Tourism (pdf, 327kb) (opens in a new window) 
  15. Funding & Delivering the LDF (pdf, 1002kb) (opens in a new window)

Sustainability Appraisal

All options published in the discussion paper were tested against a range of 24 sustainability objectives to assess their potential environmental, social and economic impacts. The councils have produced an Interim Sustainability Statement (pdf, 75kb) (opens in a new window)which provides an assessment of the Issues and Options papers for the Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy and Affordable Housing Development Plan Document. The statement forms an early stage of the overall Sustainability Appraisal process for the emerging Local Development Framework and should also be read in conjunction with the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report that has been produced to underpin the appraisal of the Local Development Framework.

Appendix two to the Interim Sustainability Statement (pdf, 75kb) (opens in a new window)provides a matrix assessment of each of the options against 24 sustainability objectives. These are provided below, summarised by theme.

Sustainability Matrix assessment of Issues & Options:

  1. Climate Change theme (pdf, 77kb) (opens in a new window)
  2. Natural Environment theme (pdf, 54kb) (opens in a new window)
  3. Built Environment theme (pdf, 37kb) (opens in a new window)
  4. Settlement Strategy theme (pdf, 55kb) (opens in a new window)
  5. Development in the Green Belt (pdf, 25kb) (opens in a new window)
  6. Urban Extensions theme (pdf, 137kb) (opens in a new window)
  7. Transport theme (pdf, 101kb) (opens in a new window)
  8. Town Centre Vitality theme (pdf, 34kb) (opens in a new window)
  9. Sustainable Economic Growth (pdf, 94kb) (opens in a new window)
  10. Bournemouth International Airport theme (pdf, 122kb) (opens in a new window)
  11. Delivering Suitable and Sufficient Housing theme (pdf, 52kb) (opens in a new window)
  12. Community Issues theme (pdf, 101kb) (opens in a new window)
  13. Improving Sports & Leisure Facilities theme (pdf, 37kb) (opens in a new window)
  14. Tourism theme (pdf, 25kb) (opens in a new window)
  15. Funding & Delivering the LDF theme (pdf, 63kb) (opens in a new window)
  16. Developing the Vision (pdf, 22kb) (opens in a new window)
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