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1 Dorset CPRE FUTURE OF POOLE Terry Stewart Chairman Southern Poole Chairmens' Group

2 Dorset CPRE WHAT DO YOU WANT ? Concreted Development or Retained Character ?

3 Dorset CPRE THREATS TO POOLE Council Plans 10,000 houses 16,000 Extra Employment Sites ONE THIRD OF CENTRAL POOLE TO BE RE-BUILT 10 MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT SITES 3.5 times size of the Old Town

4 Dorset CPRE DESIGN AND CHARACTER ARE KEY

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7 POOLE BAY Largest Windfarm in the World Up to 200 Off-Shore Turbines Costing £5 Million each Between Swanage and Isle of Wight 8 Miles Off Shore Developer owned by 42 Dutch Councils and the French State

8 NAVITUS WASTE Turbines 1.6 times height of Salisbury Cathedral Will be 656 feet high Charges 3 times as much for electricity as from normal Power Station Only works 28% of the time Totally dependent on Subsidy from YOU

9 POOLE'S SEAFRONT Council needs £7M over 25 Years To pay for Infrastructure Upgrade : refurbished toilets, sewerage, pipes, etc Funded by 2 hotels, new shops, apartment blocks, Shore road complex, residential studios in Chines About 500 New Beach Huts

10 Residents Support Plan Strong Need to Upgrade Seafront infrastructure Conserve the beautiful natural environment Improve range of facilities to encourage year round visits BUT worried about over commercialization and urbanisation

11 ALTERNATIVE FUNDING Can use Community Infrastructure Levies from Developers Levies for Canford Cliffs & Lilliput are double the level for rest of Borough Building about 500 new Beach Huts will give large revenue stream over 25 years

12 HOTELS UNVIABLE Haven Hotel Group results difficult 3 New Hotels planned for Town Thistle Hotel to be doubled in size. Haven Road hotel unsold after 3 years New Beehive hotel converting to apartments

13 HEAVY BEACHFRONT CRIME Some years over 100 Beach Huts are attacked or vandalised Costs the Council £30,000 to repair Residential Studios will be more vulnerable Bournemouth has CCTV = No attacks

14 1986 POOLE ACT Council had forgotten about Act FOR SANDBANKS : No building higher than 2 storeys No erection higher than 10 metres Car park no larger than 1.5 hectares No build areas along car park Only beach huts and tents not brick buildings

15 SEAFRONT SUSTAINABILITY PLAN The Plan is not a definite Proposal Outline thinking over 25 years Asks for ALL residents' responses Splits Seafront into 6 Areas Each with different Character

16 AREA 1 : SANDBANKS Keep Dune Landscape Boutique Hotel Row of Shops opposite current ones with apartments over Apartment Block or 3 private houses 2 nd storey on Pavilion 100 less car parking spaces Group of Beach Studios Water Taxi to new Pier Harbourside

17 Options at Sandbanks

18 SHORE ROAD 3 storey Complex – possibly 5 storey Including cafe on top floor Projecting over sand Reduce car parking from 97 to 56 spaces Build private apartments on public car park 80 additional Beach huts Bike Hire Hut Additional cafe and shop units

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20 FLAGHEAD BEACH Improve Entrance to Chine 24 new Beach huts No taller than 2 storeys high All ages play space Woodland Management Site of Nature Conservation

21 CANFORD CLIFFS BEACH 119 additional Beach huts Increased parking on Cliff Drive Beach Marquees & Sports Pavilion New house on West of Cliff Drive Beach Changing facilities New Restaurant/Cafe Beach residential Studios in Chine

22 BRANKSOME BEACH Reduce car parking to 70 spaces 3 storey commercial/retail/watersports hub 120 additional Beach huts Sky Cafe projecting over cliff behind Canford Cliffs Library Toilets at promenade level Parking up Pinecliff Road ?? Space

23 BRANKSOME DENE Hotel or larger Community Centre with new changing, toilets, showers Kiosk projecting over the sand GO APE ropes in Chine 8 new Beach huts, 5 Beach Studios Additional food & drink outlets Woodland Management

24 NEXT STAGE Formal Consultation has finished 300 responses received – mostly objecting Summary of all responses issued in December. In Spring a revised set of proposals will be issued

25 POOLE'S BEACHES ARE OUR KEY ASSETS PLEASE RETAIN THEIR QUALITY CHARACTER

26 Dorset CPRE PLANS ARE UGLY Thistle Hotel demolished - New Double Size Hotel, Tower Blocks In Conservation Area Land Owned by Council Ugly hard,vertical,square-roofed 12 Storey Tower

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28 WEST QUAY ROAD Next to Lifting Bridge Council wants 220 Flats Developer Proposes Tower Blocks + 12 Storey Tower Ugly square, flat roofed design Meant to be compatible with Quay

29 Dorset CPRE POOLE BUILD PROBLEMS Poole Old Town liable to Flooding 2 nd Bridge = official Flood Escape Route No building until Bridge finished Gallahers refusing to pay infrastructure New Houses : No infrastructure funding No build until A31 dualled = 2016

30 Dorset CPRE POOLE TRANSPORT CHAOS Traffic Flows increase up to 24% 60,000 extra cars, 5,000 extra lorries & vans in conurbation Each new house = 4 trips per day Traffic Congestion Charging Increase in Air Pollution

31 Dorset CPRE TOTAL CHANGE FOR POOLE West Quay Road Total Development Railway Station moved North Sainsburys Car Park developed New Bridge over Railway 2 nd Lifting Bridge Walkways = St. Tropez of England 1,600 households on Hamworthy Power Station Site

32 Dorset CPRE EAST STOKE WINDFARM 4 Industrial Turbines – 410 feet High Taller than Salisbury Cathedral Next to Purbeck AONB Only 23% effective Needs Fossil Fuel Station Backup Birdkill Worry for Migratory Birds Next to Year-Round Scout Camp

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37 Dorset CPRE FIGHT TO PROTECT YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE AND ENVIRONMENT

38 Dorset CPRE NO DEMOCRATIC COUNCIL ASKED FOR NEW TOWN Solely an Opportunistic Developer

39 Dorset CPRE HOUSING NUMBERS = IMPOSSIBLE Facing Worst Recession since 1930 Lowest number of Housing Starts for 80 years Many Developers & Builders going Bankrupt 1,500 flats for Sale Poole & Bournemouth : Not Selling Gallahers not building Power Station

40 Dorset CPRE CPRE at Regional Public Inquiry CPRE was only voluntary body to be invited to all 7 sessions of Inquiry CPRE commissioned 2 Consultants Reports One was from ex-head of Regional Assembly Office INQUIRY IGNORED ALL SUBMISSIONS

41 Dorset CPRE 3 MONTHS TO FIGHT Consortium of 6 Councils : Poole, Purbeck Bournemouth, Christchurch, County, East Dorset + CPRE + 7 Action Groups Massive Publicity Campaign Series of Protest Meetings Leaflets, Posters, Media Support Hard Hitting Response to Sec. of State

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43 RESULT : VICTORY COUNTY & EAST DORSET OPPOSE GREEN BELT HOUSES

44 Dorset CPRE INDUSTRIAL TURBINE PROBLEMS Danger to Migratory Birds & Bats Blades wider than Jumbo Wings Revolve at 170 MPH Noise for Village Communities 14 Other Green Energy Alternatives : Solar, Hydro, Tide, Wave, Biomass, etc Not Energy Efficient

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47 DORSET CPRE THREATS TO THE DORSET ENVIRONMENT

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50 DORSET RICH IN BEAUTY Over half County = Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty World Heritage Coast 145 Sites Special Scientific Interest 13,500 Listed Buildings 192 Conservation Areas 904 Scheduled Ancient Monuments 9 National Nature Reserves

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55 TOTAL HOUSING AVALANCHE DORSET : 52,100 But Councils Admit : Definite Drop in Air Quality Traffic Congestion Charging

56 Dorset CPRE GREEN BELTS CPRE Pressure Resulted in Setting up Of First Green Belts In the 1950s Poole & Bournemouth Surrounded By Environmentally Sensitive Areas

57 Dorset CPRE PROPOSED MAJOR PROJECTS Bournemouth Airport New Terminal For up to 3 Million Passengers Airport Link to Wessex Way Cost c£38 Million 2 nd Lifting Bridge & Regeneration Cost c£46 Million Link Road Poole to A31 Cost c£80million Poole Port Improvements Cost £16 Million

58 Dorset CPRE THREAT 2 : TRAFFIC EXTRA ROADS CREATE EXTRA TRAFFIC LOW FUNDS FROM GOVERNMENT IMPACT OF CONTINENTAL JUGGERNAUGHTS MUST TRANSFER FREIGHT ONTO RAIL REDUCTION In AIR QUALITY

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62 LORRIES ON RURAL LANES Lorries 100,000 times more damage to road surface Damage to Cottages, Gates, Walls, Roadsides Danger to Pedestrians & Cyclists Impact on Rural Villages HGV Lorries cannot pass

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65 PROPOSED DORSET WINDFARMS Muston Down : 24 Turbines 420 feet high Winterborne : 9 Turbines 340 feet high Portland Harbour : 11 Turbines 330 feet high Stoke, Purbeck : 4 Turbines 250 feet high

66 Dorset CPRE THREAT 4 : TO WILDLIFE Threat to Dorset Heathlands & SSSIs Threat to Rivers and Ponds Stop over Extraction of Water Protect Hedgerows Protect Trees

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68 THREAT 5 : TOURISM Important to Dorset : £500M p.a. Limited Access to World Heritage Coast Ugly Caravan Sites Seasonal Traffic Jams : Purbeck Problem of 2 nd Homes Widespread Litter

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72 THREAT 6 : MINERALS & WASTE Rubbish Dumps & Recycling Control of Landfill Sites Fly Tipping Toxins from Incineration Gravel Extraction Army Waste

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75 THREAT 7 : CLUTTER Telecommunication Masts Overhead Electricity Pylons Large Advertising Signs Mobile Advertising Boards Too Many Traffic Signs Glaring Service Stations

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79 ROLE OF CPRE National Negotiation with Government Regional Representation County Branch Involvement 7 Local Dorset Groups – Monitoring Local Authorities Reviewing all Planning Applications

80 Dorset CPRE QUALITY RURAL DORSET OR CONCRETE JUNGLE ?

81 Dorset CPRE REGIONAL GOVERNMENT DEMANDS New : 53,000 Houses County only needs : 23,000 Houses Therefore : In Migration : 30,000 Households Meaning EXTRA : 45,000 Cars Since 1980 : 75% of all New Houses Bought by Inward Migrants

82 Dorset CPRE BLIGHT OF NEW HOUSING Extra Traffic - Travel to Work Noise, Dust & Light Pollution Pressure on Existing Services Loss of GREEN BELT Pressure on Water Supplies Extra Waste Disposal

83 Dorset CPRE DORSET POPULATION GROWN BY HALF - IN LAST 50 YEARS NOW OVER 680,000 MEANS 775,000 BY 2011

84 Dorset CPRE THE RAPE OF THE CHARACTER OF POOLE Terry Stewart President Dorset CPRE

85 Dorset CPRE COUNCILS RESPONSE TO REGION Proposed Housing Numbers : Bournemouth : 18,300 Poole : 10,000 Christchurch : 3,900 Total Conurbation: 32,200 East Dorset Green Belt : 3,000 Greater Conurbation : 35,200

86 Dorset CPRE S. E. Dorset Transport Study £5 million study to justify Transport Funding Traffic Censuses caused chaos Link from Port to A31 : Dual Gravel Hill ? Link from A338 to Airport Dual Bypass round Wimborne Flyover across Canford Bottom Improve Public Transport ?

87 Dorset CPRE THREAT TO OUR AREA Flat Creep down residential streets E.G. Lilliput & Canford Cliffs Roads Flats allowed Lawrence Drive/Haig Av. Flat Approval sets Precedent Protected Trees removed Changes Character of our Area FOR EVER

88 Dorset CPRE COMPLAINTS ABOUT POOLE PLANNING National Investigator Sir Michael Pitt CONCLUSIONS : No evidence of Corruption Breakdown in Relations between Council and Residents Need for Review Planning Process

89 Dorset CPRE Sir Michaels Recommendations Major Effort to explain Planning Policy No Cabinet Member on Planning Com. Improve Planning Minutes Document Voting if differences Complete Comprehensive Review of whole Planning Process

90 Dorset CPRE IMPLEMENTING SIR MICHAEL New Planning Head : Stephen Thorne Residents Working Group meetings Group for Developers & Agents No Cabinet Members on Planning Planning Com. Vote simultaneously External Audit of whole Planning Process

91 Dorset CPRE DORSET LOSES TO REGION Dorset Structure Plan abolished Region now does Planning Regional Spatial Strategy being rushed to meet deadlines Government by Stealth – 80% of Public do not know exists. Power to Regional Bureaucrats

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