New Council homes for local people proposed for Bournemouth

Posted on Friday 10th January 2020

Nine new Council homes in Charminster, Bournemouth have been proposed as part of the Council’s work to modernise its housing stock.

Councillors will be asked at Cabinet on 15 January to consider approval to progress the scheme.

The development at Luckham Road, Charminster, will replace the Council housing currently on site which is no longer fit for purpose and requires significant ongoing maintenance.

The new homes will consist of:

3 x 3 bedroom houses

2 x 2 bedroom flats

4 x 1 bedroom flats

The development will include 15 parking spaces which will help to alleviate parking pressure in the local area.

The homes would be designed to ‘Passivhaus’ standard. This means that the properties will reduce energy demand by up to 90% compared to a building complying to current UK building regulations. This approach is in line with the Council’s responsibility to reduce fuel poverty as well as recognising the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

Councillor Kieron Wilson, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“We are committed to investing in more affordable housing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and I fully support the proposal to develop and improve our housing stock. This development reiterates the Council’s commitment to build more sustainable and energy efficient homes for the future.”

The main benefits of building to Passivhaus design include; a reduction in energy usage which should help to reduce the cost of fuel bills for residents, construction timescales, improved build quality, durability, reduced maintenance costs and increased building life.

Cabinet will be asked to approve the funding of £1.8M for the scheme through the Housing Revenue Account budget.

If approved by Cabinet and subject to planning approval the development could start in Spring 2020 with the aim to complete by Spring 2021.