Local Governance Review

A bulldozer working on the beach in the early morning

Christchurch Borough Council have had their High Court challenge over Local Government Reorganisation refused on 7 August. A team of representatives from the council travelled to the High Court in London for the judicial review application.

The council claimed that the Secretary of State had acted beyond his powers in passing the legislation to allow reorganisation to go ahead. The Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “We are disappointed by today’s judgement.

“We have been advised that a number of points set out in the Judgement are still arguable in law and therefore we will be responding to the Judge on these.

“Depending on his response we will consider whether an appeal to the Court of Appeal would be appropriate or not.”

An update will be provided at the September meeting.

Community Governance Review

Local residents and organisations were encouraged to respond to the consultation and make their views known. Christchurch Borough Council will then be well informed on public opinion. Responses to this consultation closed on 20 July 2018.  The Council’s Community Committee will receive a report summarizing the responses and alternatives from the consultation.

The suggestions from the working party of Councillors was for Hurn & Burton Parish Councils to remain, and residents are invited to put forward their own ideas. Along with new community councils for Highcliffe & Walkford; Mudeford, Friars Cliff & Stanpit; Christchurch Town. Any new arrangements would take effect from 1 April 2019

Highcliffe Castle Zig Zag

The design and planning application for the new zig zag path have been completed. The application went before the Council’s Planning Committee in August. In tandem the tender documents were published and tenders are being assessed with the view to begin work in September/ October. Completion is targeted for April 2019.

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole – Boundary Review

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England asked local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries across the new Dorset Council. The consultation was between 3 July and 27 August 2018. The Commission’s consultation proposes ward boundaries to be used to elect councillors in the new authority. The Commission is asking for local views on the proposals before it finalises them in October. The Commission proposes that the council should have 82 councillors in total. The plans propose thirty one-councillor wards, fourteen two-councillor wards and eight three-councillor wards.

Beacons of Light – 11 November 2018

As discussed at the Residents meeting in June, Christchurch Borough Council invites you to commemorate and remember the First World War, as we join the whole of the country and friends around the world, to take part in this special tribute at Christchurch Quay.

The main programme of rememberance will be from 6.45pm, although look out for timings of other events throughout the day.

Christchurch Local Plan

Christchurch Borough Council invited residents to have their say on new Local Plan proposals for the Borough. This new Local Plan for Christchurch will set the overall strategy for development across the Borough to 2033 and this consultation will give residents the opportunity to give their views.

The Christchurch Local Plan review aims to deliver around 5,270 new homes and 54 hectares of new employment land, which will deliver thousands of new jobs and associated key transport infrastructure to the Borough. The Council is tasked to deliver this number of homes by central Government.

The delivery of new homes will be provided in the plan between now and 2033, and include:

  • 2,460 homes within the existing urban area
  • Area 1: Bransgore and Hoburne: 190 dwellings
  • Area 2: Town Centre, Stony Lane and Bridge Street: 213 dwellings
  • Area 3: Land South and East of Burton: 568 dwellings
  • Area 4: Former West Hants Water, Knapp Mill and Avon Trading Park: 55 dwellings.

Following this consultation, which closes on 3rd September 2018, a further consultation is planned for February 2019. The plan is due to be submitted to the Secretary of State in June 2019 and adoption is anticipated in February 2020.

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