Major housing and regeneration opportunity at Carters Quay Poole to be considered

Aiming to kick start the rejuvenation of Holes Bay and wider Poole area, BCP Council’s Cabinet will consider investing in a major housing and regeneration scheme at Carters Quay at its next meeting (1 September 2021).

Situated on the waterfront at Hamworthy, close to the town centre, Port of Poole, neighbouring residential areas and adjacent to the strategically important Holes Bay regeneration site, Carters Quay has been identified as a key priority area for future development and regeneration.

This scheme, which will deliver 161 new homes, supports BCP Council’s wider ambitions to regenerate Poole and bring a vibrant, attractive, and sustainable mix of residency, business, hospitality, retail, culture and green spaces to the town.

The council has worked closely with its newly formed Urban Regeneration Company (URC) on a design review of the Carters Quay scheme proposals with support from Mae Architects. The URC has enabled the council to bring to the region leading practitioners in urban design, regeneration and place making from across the UK to help shape and deliver its ambitious regeneration programme.

Councillor Drew Mellor, Leader of BCP Council, said:

“We have an excellent opportunity to shape the development at Carters Quay, deliver much needed homes for the community and ensure that this contributes towards our wider promise to regenerate Poole. It will also be another important step in our Big Plan, which aims to create a world class city region to – one of the best coastal places in the world in which to live, work, invest and play.

“Furthermore, this would be a major long-term investment for the council and will be an asset for future generations. If approved, it could provide a positive financial return up to £41 million in the next 50 years.’’

Last year, BCP Council completed the purchase of the former Holes Bay power station site. Adjacent to Carters Quay, it is the largest brownfield regeneration site in the South West. The council is currently developing its future vision for this site with the aim of delivering a world-class, sustainable and economically successful development for the future.

The full report being presented to Cabinet is available online.

Posted on Thursday 19 August 2021