We'll make it easier for businesses to open in Poole High Street, vows council (From Bournemouth Echo)
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We'll make it easier for businesses to open in Poole High Street, vows council
1:22pm Tuesday 19th March 2013 in News
IN a bid to rejuvenate a flagging town centre, consultation has begun on plans to revitalise Poole High Street by making it easier for new businesses to open up.
As part of a major new initiative to revitalise the area, Borough of Poole is planning to introduce a Local Development Order to cover the area of the High Street between North Street and New Orchard.
A LDO grants permission for specific types of development in a particular area, removing the need for a planning application, which has been welcomed by Jonathan Sibbett, chairman of Poole Town Centre Partnership.
“We are working with the council to encourage more flexibility of uses to encourage a wider range of businesses,” he said.
At present there are a number of uses in the main retail street, shops, financial and professional services, restaurants and cafés.
However, the ability to change between these and other uses suitable for a High Street without planning permission, is limited.
Most changes of use would be subject to an eight-week application process while planning permission was determined. During this time a prime retail unit would have stood vacant on the high street for two months stifling economic growth and job creativity.
Proposals laid out in the draft order would allow the appropriate uses to change hands on a much freer basis without the need to submit a planning application.
“This is an exciting opportunity that allows us to free up bureaucracy, support new businesses and underlines our commitment that Poole is ‘open for business’,” said Cllr Mike White, cabinet portfolio holder for planning and regeneration.
For more information or to respond to the consultation visit boroughofpoole.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Planning and Regeneration, Civic Centre, Poole BH15 2RU.