Funding boost for housing in Bournemouth and Poole

Posted on Friday 4 October 2019

BCP Council has received national funding of £4.312M for the development of housing at Turlin Moor, Poole and Princess Road, Bournemouth.

Government housing agency Homes England has agreed the funding deals to speed up the construction of homes in the area. The deals are the latest to be awarded through the Government’s £350 million Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) Programme.

A grant of £474,810 has been awarded for the redevelopment of Princess Road, Westbourne, which will help meet the need for more emergency, affordable and rental accommodation in the area. The site will comprise of 121 apartments and a 20 room family hostel along with 101 parking spaces and associated landscaping. The development is due to start in 2020, with completion for 2022.

Turlin Moor has received a grant of £3.838M. This grant will support the infrastructure and enabling works that will allow the development of approximately 400 homes and enhancements to the open spaces in the area. It is anticipated that building will commence in 2021 due to be completed in 2024. Further design work for the development is now being commissioned which will be consulted on in early 2020 but in the meantime further survey work on the site will be required in order to inform the master plan designs.

Councillor Kieron Wilson, Cabinet Member for Housing said:

“We are delighted to have received this funding from Homes England. There is a significant demand for housing in the BCP Council area and in particular, affordable housing. This funding will contribute to that housing need, enhance open spaces as well as providing much needed affordable rented and good quality, well managed temporary emergency accommodation for families.”

Stephen Kinsella, Chief Land and Development Officer at Homes England, said:

“This funding will enable the local authority to prepare their site for development and to bring forward the construction of homes. New homes will then be built out at pace using modern methods of construction.”