A five-year plan for the delivery of new homes on BCP Council owned land will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting. The proposal will also look to scale up building development activity in the area significantly to increase on the last ten years.
The council’s Newbuild Housing and Acquisition strategy will deliver much needed homes for residents in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, many of which will be affordable. This will fulfil the council’s corporate Big Plan ambitions to act at scale and invest in homes which our communities need. It will fulfil the vision of building at least 1,000 homes, including flats, houses, bungalows and shared unit property types, on council owned land in the next five years. The delivery of the new homes will be developed on up to 33 BCP council sites.
The strategy will also contribute to the diverse housing needs in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. This will include an approved spend of £44.7 million for the purchase of existing street properties to house the homeless. The council will work with the Seascape Homes and Property Ltd to purchase up to 250 additional accommodation units to be let to the homeless, care experienced young people and those in need of good quality market rental properties.
Councillor Bob Lawton, Portfolio Holder for Housing said:
“We are committed to providing much needed affordable housing in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The strategy sets out how we will develop and deliver new homes to our residents and address the diverse housing needs of our population including the homeless, vulnerably housed and care home leavers. We look forward to building on our ambitions for the regeneration and housing provision in the BCP area.”
Councillor Philip Broadhead, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Regeneration said:
“This initiative ties in with BCP Council’s bold, confident and proud plan for the future, with homes being a large focus on our urban regeneration strategy. I am pleased to see the plans being brought forward before Cabinet.”