PLANS are being made to transform the ‘car park dominated’ Branksome Chine area into a more attractive space.

Poole council is seeking the public’s comments on proposals to improve the promenade.

Branksome Chine is a popular arrival choice for many people visiting Poole’s beaches, the council says, but is “dominated by the car park and an extensive tarmac area”.

The plans would see the landscape softened to create a “more attractive, vibrant” area “which provides a warm welcome to visitors”.

The works are expected to cost £180,000 as part of the council’s £6.6m seafront regeneration programme.

This includes £1.2m support from the Coastal Communities Fund through the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio.

Four public areas along Poole’s seafront are being renovated, including Shore Road and Canford Cliffs.

New beach huts and a seafront garden were recently completed at Flaghead Chine.

In May, a turning circle space was created to provide a stop for the land train at Branksome Chine. A trial service has been running since then.

Proposed improvements at Branksome Chine include landscaping and soft planting to create a welcoming public plaza area, as well as specially commissioned artwork and a permanent train stop. To view and comment on the plans, attend the drop-in event at Branksome Chine on Wednesday, August 15, from 2-7pm.

Alternatively, view the plans online at or leave comments at from August 15 to September 12.

Nikki Parker-Goadsby, Dorset Coastal Connections project officer, said: “Feedback received from the event at Branksome Chine and online will help shape the final design for this popular location on Poole seafront.”