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Christchurch Urban Extension - (Core Strategy Policy & Master Planning Document)

The Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) proposed an urban extension within an 'area of search' to the north of Christchurch and east of Burton, to the borough boundary at Roeshot Hill.

The RSS has now been revoked and Government guidance advises that future housing delivery should be determined through the Core Strategy process at a local level. Christchurch Council has supported the principle of this urban extension in order to address local housing need which cannot be met in the existing urban area alone.

Policy for the urban extension has been established through the adopted Core Strategy (2014) informed by consultation master planning work undertaken for the council by Broadway Malyan.

Note - The master planning report contains some options which have not been taken forward in the Core Strategy.

Evidence gathering

The council has already carried out an ecological study of the area of search to provide broad indications of the potential ecological importance of the area involved.

The council appointed consultants (Broadway Malyan Ltd) to undertake master planning work on the urban extension. This work is in two stages:

  • North Christchurch Urban Extension - 01 Masterplan Context Report September 2010 - providing a range of options to inform the 'options for consideration' consultation on the core strategy

  • North Christchurch Masterplan Report - Stage 2 - a detailed Master Plan for the site to support full core strategy policy

The Masterplan is supported by a separate broad viability assessment undertaken by Whiteleaf Consulting.  Copies of the Masterplan and Viability reports can be downloaded from this website. 

The council formed a key stakeholder advisory group which has informed the consultants' work and to provide feedback and input to development of the urban extension and Core Strategy policy. 

How you can get involved

It is easy to keep up to date with what is going on in terms of the councils' Local Plan. The council maintains a contact database which allows us to inform residents and stakeholders of consultations on any document which might interest them. To ensure we have your details, and that you don't miss out on events and consultations on the Local Plan, simply contact the planning policy team. 

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