A £20,000 document setting out Bournemouth council’s latest vision for the future of the town centre is set to be adopted.

It has been 10 years since the last Bournemouth Town Centre Vision document was created, and although it was due to run until 2026 the council decided an update was needed due to the “significant change and investment taking place to the social, physical, technological and economic environment”.

The document was criticised last month by Cllr Stephen Bartlett who described it as “gobbledegook” and an “excellent example of how to waste over £21,000 of hard-earned tax-payers’ money”.

The Town Centre Vision, which was created with the input of businesses, councillors, community groups and other organisations, sets out the values and principles that will help guide future development in Bournemouth.

The document was produced by planning and urban design consultants Feria Urbanism and Boyle and Summers at a cost of £20,250.

Around £550 was also spent on hiring a venue for the stakeholder review.

The document includes a number of sections, such as ‘written vision’, ‘spatial vision’ and ‘emotional vision’.

Statements about the town centre’s future include: “A place with broad appeal to all visitors and residents – where an ad-hoc picnic, cinema visit, shopping trip, business conference or live music event are equally valued and respected”; “a place with space for glamorous apartments and family accommodation, for student studios and downsizing homes”, and “a connected, networked and accessible place where affordable work, creative and leisure space is as important as new housing”.

The town’s former ‘Bond Street’, Westover Road, is identified as an area in need of investment, and it will be “closely linked with investment in Pavilion Gardens”.

An emphasis on walking, cycling and public transport is mentioned as a continued priority. “Parking and the use of the private car will need to be reimagined for the 21st century”, the document states.

It adds: “A key change in visitor behaviour and experience is likely to be the reduction in shopping. This will potentially mark a distinct change in the appearance of parts of the town centre whilst also opening up opportunities to repurpose older buildings for other needs such as residential, medical or community facilities.”

The document will be discussed by cabinet members at a meeting on Thursday.