Westbourne housing redevelopment proposed to meet local need

Posted on Thursday 4 July 2019

More than 120 apartments are proposed as part of a redevelopment of the BCP Council-owned site at Princess Road, Westbourne to help meet the need for more homes in the area, particularly affordable homes.

Councillors will consider the proposals at Cabinet on Friday 12 July and will be asked to recommend approval for the scheme to progress. If approved, the scheme will be put forward for planning.

The accommodation plans comprise of four blocks:

  • Block A (6-storey) – 22 shared ownership apartments (5 x 1 bed, 15 x 2 bed, 2 x 3 bed)
  • Block B (9 storey) – 24 affordable rented apartments (5 x 1 bed, 19 x 2 bed)
  • Ground floor and first floor blocks B & C 20 bed - family hostel
  • Block C (10 storey) – 41 affordable rented apartments (8 x 1 bed, 32 x 2 bed, 1 x 3 bed)
  • Block D (7-storey) – 34 private rented apartments (7 x 1 bed, 24 x 2 bed, 3 x 3 bed)

The proposals include 101 dedicated parking spaces in the basement below blocks A-C, two storeys of parking under block D and some at ground level.

Councillor Kieron Wilson, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“There is a significant demand for housing in the area and in particular, affordable housing. This scheme will contribute to that housing need, providing the opportunity for local residents to afford to buy their own home as well as providing much needed affordable rented and good quality, well managed emergency accommodation for families.”

The site previously contained nine detached and semi-detached properties of accommodation for approximately 60 people with complex needs. The only property remaining is 129-131 Princess Road, the other properties having been demolished due to their end of life state and in readiness for redevelopment.

Public consultation took place early this year with local residents and businesses who were able to give their views on the early draft proposals. Common themes from the consultation included concerns about inadequate parking which was carefully considered and incorporated in to the scheme. Impact on existing trees was also raised and the development has been designed in a way that will ensure the majority of the trees remain.

If members agree to progress the scheme, a planning application will be submitted in the following months.