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Christchurch Magistrates Court Site Development Brief

The Development and Planning Brief prepared for the former Magistrates Court site, police station and adjoining land at Barrack Road and Bargates in Christchurch, adopted in November 2003.

This Planning Brief was adopted by the council in November 2003 and provides a framework for landowners and prospective developers to inform and deliver the development of this important site. The former Magistrates Court site has been identified by the borough council as a unique opportunity in the heart of Christchurch for the development of a comprehensive and high quality mixed use scheme.

The strategic location of this site is particularly important as it is envisaged that any proposal will contribute towards enhanced links between the High Street and Bargates. Any new development on this site will also provide the opportunity to improve the overall environment and help enhance its attraction as a place to live, work, shop, visit and be entertained.

As reflected in the Christchurch Town Centre Strategy, this site is integral to our vision and strategy for the long-term future of Christchurch. The principal aspirations for the site are to:

  • promote development that will generate better pedestrian linkages and flows between the High Street and Bargates
  • encourage design that relates to the historical character of the area and so inspires sustainable development of the highest architectural and urban design quality that compliments local distinctiveness
  • identify a mix of complementary uses that are compatible and complementary to the town centre's existing retail, leisure and service offer, and which will not undermine the vitality and viability of the town
    centre as a whole

The Magistrates Court Development & Planning Brief:

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