Affordable rented energy efficient apartments proposed in Bournemouth


A new build development to create 24 self-contained apartments to provide more affordable rented accommodation in Bournemouth is being considered at BCP Cabinet on 14 April 2021.

Craven Court in Knyveton Road, Bournemouth and subject to planning and cabinet approval, it is proposed the old buildings are demolished and the council’s experienced housing development team will develop the new four storey apartment block building to a high energy efficient Passive House standards.

The site is council-owned and currently consists of 18 flats that are social rented. The building was originally two Victorian semi-detached houses that have been altered and converted over the years. The building is in poor condition and no-longer fit for purpose.

The new scheme will provide:

10 – one bed apartments

14 – two bed apartments

The development includes onsite parking for nine vehicles and bike store.

Constructing to Passive House standards will mean the building is energy efficient, minimising heating requirements, solar panels installed and the benefit of significant reduction of energy bills when compared with a standard Building Regulations compliant building.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Portfolio Holder for Homes: “Our priority is to provide more safe and affordable housing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and this scheme presents the opportunity to provide more good quality, well managed homes for local people.

“We are committed to developing more homes that are not only, well-built but also energy efficient and this development will contribute to the council’s commitment to achieving a net zero carbon emission target.”

The scheme will be considered by Planning Committee in April 2021.

If approved by cabinet and planning, work could get underway in August 2021 with the aim to complete in January 2023.

Current tenants at Craven Court will be assisted with rehousing while the new apartments are developed and they will be offered the opportunity to return to the new development.


Notes:  As part of our Big Plan, BCP Council is aiming to deliver more than 15,000 new homes for people of all incomes – both through our own civic investment and by supporting and enabling developers to build homes, with a sustainable mix of affordable and high-end apartments and houses.




Posted on Thursday 25 March 2021