On 10 January 2023, BCP Council ‘made’ the Highcliffe & Walkford Neighbourhood Plan, following a positive referendum result on 15 December 2022.

The neighbourhood plan is now part of the statutory development plan for the Highcliffe and Walkford Neighbourhood Area. It has full development plan weight in decision making. Any planning applications within the neighbourhood area will need to have regard to the policies within the neighbourhood plan.

As a result of having an adopted plan the council receives a greater proportion of CIL funding (25%) to invest in the community.