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Baiter Park toilet block development

Artists impression of the front of the proposed Baiter Park toilet redevelopment
Artists impression - front of propsosed development, ©2017 Terry Whitworth
Artists impression of the rear of the proposed Baiter Park toilet block redevelopment
Artists impression - rear of propsosed development, ©2017 Terry Whitworth

Baiter Park toilet block development

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We are exploring opportunities to develop and enhance the services offered from the current toilet block at Harbourside Park (Baiter). They are in poor condition and require significant levels of ongoing maintenance and investment.

Baiter is a unique visitor destination offering spectacular views of Brownsea Island and Arne. With a large open space and frontage, it is an ideal location to watch or join in the year round water sports. It also has on-site parking and good cycle and walking access to Poole Quay and Town Centre.

Baiter Park is a public open space protected by a Fields in Trust designation.

Benefits of a development

The proposed development of the toilet building will provide:

  • a new park cafe
  • public toilet facilities including disabled access

The proposals have been developed to improve the park catering facilities and sustain public toilet provision. We aim to completely remodel and modernise the building adding an indoor cafe, refurbished public toilets, a small single storey extension to the rear and a covered decked area to the front. The flood zone in the area has been considered and the development would not be impacted.

The new building will benefit the whole community. A permanent catering facility will attract more groups and provide a social environment. This will replace the existing mobile trailer in the park.


The project would be mainly funded through private investment. We may also use some council funds to enable the project.


We made an application for planning permission in December 2017. You can see all the documents at the planning portal using reference APP/17/01940/F. Planning permission has been granted, with conditions. Full and detailed designs will be developed with a commercial partner that will require further assessment and may require further planning permission.

Next steps

  • tender exercise to find a partner/operator Spring 2018
  • detailed design Spring/Summer 2018
  • construction Summer/Autumn 2018
  • opening Autumn/Winter 2018/19

Additional information

We operate in a fair, open and transparent way, offering both fair opportunity for all bidders, obtaining best value for Poole residents.

For further information please email the Recreational Development Team recreation.development@poole.gov.uk or phone 01202 261306.


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