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Swanage Local Plan

Consultation leaflet front cover

The Swanage Local Plan will become the formal guide to development in Swanage under the umbrella of the Purbeck District Local Plan

Swanage Local Plan latest news

The district council was originally planning to consult on the Final Draft of the Swanage Local Plan between January and March 2015, at the same time as the Partial Review Issues and Options consultation. However, the council has decided to further explore the issues highlighted by some members of the Swanage Local Plan Steering Group, made up of the District Council, Swanage Town Council, Swanage Town and Community Partnership and community representatives. The District Council will be considering the next steps at its meeting in February

Past consultation

Swanage Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation (3 February to 17 March 2014)

The Swanage Local Plan Issues and Options consultation took place in early 2014. A variety of issues and options were put forward including potential locations for new housing, affordable housing for local people and improved shopping facilities. We received a total of 883 responses, representing a return equivalent to approximately 8% of the town's population - which is considered very good for a planning consultation.

Read the  press release on the Swanage Issues and Options consultation feedback in the Dorset Newsroom (opens in a new window)

The Swanage Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation Report (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Swanage Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation (3 February to 17 March 2014)

Appendices

4.1 to 4.14

Responses to each questionDate published
Appendix 4.1 (pdf, 588kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 1 - Should we make the suggested changes to the settlement boundary as show on Map 1 in the consultation leaflet?August 2014
Appendix 4.2 (pdf, 788kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 2 - In which of the areas 1 - 7 would you most like/least like new homes to be built?August 2014
Appendix 4.3 (pdf, 694kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 3 - Which of the options A, B, C or D do you most like/least like to provide new homes in Swanage?August 2014
Appendix 4.4 (pdf, 535kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 4 - Should we explore the Prospect allotment site option as a way of providing additional affordable housing and additional allotments for Swanage residents?August 2014
Appendix 4.5 (pdf, 582kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 5 - Should we make the suggested changes to the town centre boundary shown on Map 2 in the consultation leaflet?August 2014
Appendix 4.6 (pdf, 643kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 6 - Should we explore redevelopment of land between the railway station and King's Road West for new shopping space?

August 2014

Appendix 4.7 (pdf, 517kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 7 - What improvements or changes would you suggest for the pier area?August 2014
Appendix 4.8 (pdf, 547kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 8 - Do you have any suggestions for how and where we can provide new employment space?August 2014
Appendix 4.9 (pdf, 563kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 9 - Can you suggest new facilities and attractions for both residents and visitors?August 2014
Appendix 4.10 (pdf, 473kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 10 - Should Swanage explore the possibility of a sea defence?August 2014
Appendix 4.11 (pdf, 511kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 11 - Can you suggest ways to improve the seafront?August 2014
Appendix 4.12 (pdf, 511kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 12 - Do you have any suggestions for new public space, new links and landscape improvements around the edge of Swanage?August 2014
Appendix 4.13 (pdf, 499kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 13.1 - Can you suggest how we can meet the needs of an ageing population?

August 2014

Appendix 4.14 (pdf, 492kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the responses to Question 13.2 - Can you suggest how we can provide opportunities for young people?August 2014

Workshops held in June 2014

We held three further workshops in June 2014 which involved many of the 'specialists' for the following topic areas  .

  • Flood Risk and Coastal Change
  • Green infrastructure
  • The Historic Environment and Townscape Character

Issues and options consultation documents, evidence base and background papers

DocumentDescription Date published
Swanage Local Plan: Issues and Options consultation leaflet (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)Swanage Local Plan issues and Options consultation leaflet - Consultation period 3 February 2014 to 17 March 2014February 2012
Swanage Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)Ensures plans and strategies are as sustainable as possible.2012
Swanage Local Plan: Issues and Option Consultation Leaflet Sustainability appraisal (pdf, 238kb) (opens in a new window)Meets the SEA Directive requirements.2014
Sustainability Appraisal Appendix 2 Matrices: Swanage Local Plan issues and options consultation (pdf, 133kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the Sustainability Appraisal methodology and summary of assessments.2014
Swanage Local Plan: Issues and Options Consultation Leaflet Equality Impact Assessment (pdf, 112kb) (opens in a new window)Assesses the equality impacts in relation to the consultation leaflet.2014
Swanage Local Plan: Issues and Options Consultation Events Equality Impact Assessment (pdf, 112kb) (opens in a new window)Assesses the equality impacts in relation to the consultation events.2014
Swanage Local Plan Issues and Options consultation Housing Supply Background Paper (pdf, 325kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the current position in relation to the housing land requirements and housing supply in South East Purbeck.January 2014
Swanage Local Plan Issues and Options Settlement boundary Review (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the proposed changes to the settlement boundary.January 2014
Swanage Local Plan Issues and Options Economic Background paper (pdf, 363kb) (opens in a new window)Sets out the economic background and issues for Swanage.January 2014
Swanage Local Plan Issues and Options Town Centre Boundary Changes Background Papers (pdf, 560kb) (opens in a new window)Provides the council's approach to reviewing the town centre boundary.January 2014

Awareness raising and early workshops

In May 2013 we held two awareness raising sessions to invite community, voluntary and business groups to the forthcoming workshops. Then in July and September 2013 we held a series of themed workshops attended by representatives from community, voluntary and local business groups. The steering group has used the both the Feedback from the issues workshops May 2013 (pdf, 141kb) (opens in a new window) and the Feedback from the options workshops July 2013 (pdf, 111kb) (opens in a new window) to prepare the issues and options consultation leaflet.

Why we need a Swanage Local Plan

The Council adopted Purbeck Local Plan Part 1: Planning Purbeck's Future (PLP1) on 13 November 2012. It sets out the strategic vision and policies for Purbeck for the period 2006 - 2027 and can be used to guide new development and determine planning applications.

The Swanage Local Plan will provide the detail for PLP1 for Swanage. For example it can:

  • Determine the location of development such as housing, shops and employment land
  • Set policies that restrict development to specific areas, e.g. Specify the location of new flats development
  • Set policies to protect buildings and sites valued by the community, e.g. Green space and houses in large gardens

The plan will also explore issues such as how to:

  • Attract new businesses and create jobs
  • Ensure that Swanage offers the right kind of tourist accommodation and facilities
  • Provide appropriate sports, leisure and cultural facilities and activities
  • Meet the current and future health and social care needs of the town

Who is producing the Swanage Local Plan?

Purbeck District Council, Swanage Town Council and The Swanage Town & Community Partnership are working together and have formed a steering group to guide the plan process. We expect it will take between two to three years to produce.

Awareness raising and workshops

In May 2013 we held two awareness raising sessions to invite community, voluntary and business groups to be involved in the forthcoming workshops. Then in July and September 2013 we held a series of themed workshops attended by representatives from community, voluntary and local business groups. The steering group has used the both the Feedback from the issues workshops May 2013 (pdf, 141kb) (opens in a new window) and the Feedback from the options workshops July 2013 (pdf, 111kb) (opens in a new window) to prepare the issues and options consultation leaflet.

Contact the Purbeck Planning Policy Team for more information

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