The Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership is exploring options for improving customer access to council services and reducing the cost of office accommodation.

They are currently looking in detail at their preferred option for future office accommodation, which is to use the Civic Offices in Christchurch as the main partnership office, to build a new facility in Wimborne Minster and to dispose of the existing offices at Furzehill.

As a result, they are now considering what the future of the Furzehill site should be if it is vacated. They are preparing a ‘Planning and Development Brief’ for the site to consider future types of use, the amount of development and how proposals should ensure that the environment and character of the area is protected.

No planning application has been submitted, and no particular course of action has yet been decided. The Brief will be adopted by the Partnership as a guidance document to inform decision-making on any future applications.

The Partnership is keen to receive the views of local residents and other interested parties and there is an open invitation to informal drop-in events that will be taking place on:

  • Thursday 16 January 2014, 11am to 3pm at East Dorset District Council Offices, Furzehill.
  • Thursday 16 January 2014, 4pm to 8pm at Allendale House, Wimborne.

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