Plans for new affordable housing in Poole submitted

More than 100 affordable homes are planned for the site around the new Hillbourne Primary School building in Poole.

As part of BCP Council’s plans to develop on either side of the new school building, situated on Kitchener Crescent, Hillbourne, an application has been submitted for planning approval.

The scheme includes:

41 x 3-bedroom homes

40 x 2-bedroom homes

29 x independent living, one-bedroom apartments.

The homes will be a mix of affordable rented for those residents currently waiting on the housing register as well as shared ownership. The houses will all have their own gardens and included in the plans is 184 parking spaces for residents and visitors. Careful consideration has also been made to the ecology of the area, and plans incorporate a natural pond, hedge planting and additional tree planting on site.

The planning application follows public engagement working with Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) to engage with local residents, which included information leaflets delivered to around 200 households living close to the proposed scheme.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “We are committed to delivering much needed affordable housing for local people including good quality family homes and accommodation suitable for older residents. The scheme will provide a mix of affordable rented as well as shared ownership giving local people the opportunity to get on the property ladder.”

Construction of the new school building is progressing well and is due to be open in autumn 2021. The land either side of the new site where the old school buildings stand will no longer be required, and it will free up that land for the development of new homes.

Subject to planning permission, work on the new homes could get underway by May 2022 with the aim to complete the first phase by the summer of 2024.

The plans can be viewed online here

Notes:

As part of our Big Plan, BCP Council is committed to act at scale and aim 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.