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More affordable homes for local people across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole as council development strategy gathers pace

Local people can look forward to more housing in the future, as BCP Council’s plan for thousands of new homes in the area gains momentum.

Councillors at Cabinet yesterday (13 April 2022) recommended another four dynamic housing development projects should progress immediately, creating an additional 170 homes for residents locally.

Councillors also reviewed the exciting developments already underway, with the strategy’s first phase set to deliver over 350 homes across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

All of which means that since its approval at full council in September, the Council Newbuild Housing Acquisition Strategy (CNHAS) has significantly contributed to the 15,000 homes target by 2026 within the council’s Big Plan, and kickstarted the drive to provide an outstanding quality of life for local people, through new clean, safe and affordable housing.

The first homes scheduled to be ready for residents this year include:

  • Alice Gardens – a development in Newtown, Poole, that is set to provide 25 homes by Spring 2023. The homes will be available to those on the housing register, with six flats designated for shared ownership.
  • Mountbatten Gardens - two semi-detached family homes close to Castlepoint that are scheduled to welcome residents in the early summer.

Projects that have started on site recently include:

  • Templeman House - a former care home in East Howe built in the 1960s, which is no longer fit for purpose and undergoing demolition. An innovative new four-storey building is set to replace it consisting of 16 one-bedroom flats and 11 two-bedroom flats.

Developments in their early stages include:

  • Princess Road – planned to provide 119 new homes. Construction on site could begin in summer 2022.
  • Oakdale Adult Education Centre site – an initial proposal for around 60 homes is at the early stages of discussions.
  • Craven Court – a redevelopment of an existing block of flats to provide 24 new modern apartments. Construction is due to start summer 2022.

Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Development, Growth and Regeneration, said: “The first six months of this strategy has gone beyond a mere plan and started to really deliver. There are some fantastic projects that have already begun on site and – as the discussion at cabinet yesterday showed – even more exciting ones to come. It’s great to see the progress we’ve made on achieving our target with around 1,400 new council-delivered homes now planned or underway, and I look forward to seeing more of these homes for local people become a reality over the next few months and years.”

Posted on Thursday 14 April 2022