Residents will be able to have their say on plans for an exciting new neighbourhood and local transport links in Boscombe. The four-week Towns Fund consultation is being launched today, Monday 13 June, and can be completed here: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/boscombeconsult or by visiting the Engagement Hub at the Royal Arcade Tuesday – Thursday between 10am and 2pm.
The regeneration project is being funded by Towns Fund, a grant from central government to turbocharge ambitious plans for Boscombe creating opportunities for residents and businesses alike.
Residents and businesses were consulted back in 2020 about what they would like to see as part of the new vision for the town and its surrounding area. They told us they wanted green spaces, family and affordable homes, a new community centre and improvements to transport along with cycle and pedestrian access.
We have listened to the views and are making exciting plans for a new neighbourhood right in the heart of Boscombe at Hawkwood Road. We are also making investments in new transport schemes to connect the community, businesses and visitors to the new revitalised town centre, Pokesdown station and the seafront.
The proposals include:
- Hawkwood Gardens: a new park with a play area and gardens for all residents and visitors to use relax and socialise.
- A new attractive walkway between the Precinct and Hawkwood Road, opening up space for retail kiosks, enhancing a thriving café culture.
- A new community centre and a medical centre.
- 84 new homes, including family and affordable homes.
- Travel improvements making it easier, safer and more attractive to cycle, walk and use the bus.
- Enhancements to Woodland Walk through landscaping, a play trail and artwork.
Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Development, Growth and Regeneration said:
“The next steps in the regeneration of Boscombe are vital and we want to take this forward with the community. We will then drive the regeneration to create a revitalised and vibrant town, whilst preserving the area’s unique character and heritage, promoting future investment and strengthening the sense of pride amongst our residents.”
Councillor Jane Kelly, Lead Member for Communities, Health and Leisure added:
“The proposals we are making for Boscombe and the surrounding area have been influenced by what the community told us was important to them. I would urge residents to take part in our survey and help shape future plans towards a revitalized town centre with improved connectivity to the surrounding area.”
Jeff Mostyn, Chairman of AFC Bournemouth, and Chair of the Bournemouth Towns Fund Board said:
“The next steps in the regeneration is excellent news locally and for the whole region. It is a privilege to work with our talented partners and the local community who are all keen to see Boscombe grow and thrive.”
The survey can be completed online here: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/boscombeconsult
Residents, businesses and stakeholders are also invited to visit staff at the engagement hub at the Royal Arcade in Boscombe to view the plans and to discuss any queries.
Staff will also be on hand to assist completing the survey, particularly for those who do not have access to the internet. The engagement hub will be open between Tuesday and Thursday: 10am – 2pm