A CALL to defer a "flawed" Poole town centre plan fell on deaf ears and was one of three major planning policies approved at a meeting of Borough of Poole.

Documents on Poole seafront, Poole town centre and Talbot Village, which will shape development over the next 25-30 years, were all adopted.

Cllr Mark Howell, leader of Poole People, who represents the town centre, urged councillors to defer the town centre plan saying: "The decision makes it much less likely that Poole will be successfully regenerated".

He said it did not take into consideration the type of person who would be prepared to live within the regeneration area, the type of businesses needed for it to be successful and authorised the creation of a series of unnecessary gyratory systems in West Street and West Quay Road creating a barrier.

"If the town centre is to be regenerated successfully, the council must develop an overarching strategy based on reality. It must also accept that people will only want to live in the town centre if it is a pleasant place to be and to move around within," he said.

Councillor Ian Potter, cabinet portfolio holder for planning, regeneration and transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “These are important frameworks for the future of Poole and I would like to thank the public for the important part they have played in shaping these documents.

"They support the regeneration of the town centre, the creation of jobs and facilitate the construction of more new homes which will provide a major boost to the local economy. In addition they provide a clear vision that meets the needs of residents, business and visitors both now and in the future.”

The seafront document aims to protect the natural environment as well as secure additional income to invest in ageing infrastructure and improve facilities to encourage visitors year round.

Regeneration of land in Hamworthy and the town centre is included in the town centre plan and the replacement of Hunger Hill with a large signalled T-junction. Detailed design will start during 2016.

In Talbot Village the aim is to realise the economic potential, enhance the excellence of the universities, protect the internationally important wildlife and improve transport infrastructure.