What is The Bournemouth Development Company?
A public-private partnership seeking to deliver improvements to Bournemouth Town Centre.
Who are the Partners to BDC?
Bournemouth Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd.
Who is Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd?
A regeneration and investment company offering project development and funding solutions. MSIL has significant experience in regeneration, education, health and social care. Find out more at the company’s own website.
Do the same planning rules apply to The Bournemouth Development Company developments as any other? Will they go through the same planning process?
Yes. The Bournemouth Development Company is treated like any other developer.
What sites have been earmarked for development?
Initially 17 sites, principally surface car parks around the Town Centre have been identified for development. Visit the Development Sites page for further information.
You say the partnership will bring improvements to the Town Centre. What are the improvements and where will this money come from?
We share the Area Action Plan’s objectives to make Bournemouth a better place to live, visit, work, invest, learn and socialise. Our commitment is to use Council land and investment from Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd to provide homes, leisure attractions, shops, offices, educational buildings and improvements to public spaces.
What about car parking?
Overall decisions for the future provision of car parking rest with Bournemouth Borough Council. The Council is keen to maintain the current number of town centre spaces but there’ll be a reshuffling of parking to more strategic sites.
What is the Town Centre Vision?
The Town Centre Vision is Bournemouth Borough Council’s 20-year master plan to regenerate the Town Centre.
Through the Vision the Council hopes to enable more people to live, work and enjoy leisure pursuits in Bournemouth and attract more visitors, creating a greater sense of vibrancy and trade. This will be achieved through the creation of new homes, businesses, retail units and attractions and by improving public spaces.
What consultation has there been on the Town Centre Vision?
6,000 consultation documents highlighting the Vision and seeking public feedback were printed and distributed by the Council to a random selection of residents as well as businesses, leisure centres and libraries in 2008. The Vision was available to download online and the consultation was widely reported by the local media and through a series of roadshows and workshops. 87 per cent of respondents were in favour of the Vision and welcomed the ideas raised. Many put forward suggestions for the town centre and these have helped shape the vision.
In the meantime the Council has also been preparing and consulting widely on an Area Action Plan which will enable planning policy in the town centre to change, determining the type and scale of future development in key locations.