Posted: 17/11/2015 at 8:41pm
Encouraging more families to live in the heart of Bournemouth is the basis of a high-quality housing proposal going on show to the public.
It involves replacing the St Stephen’s Road car park with a mix of eight town houses and 27 apartments, along with residential parking.
A further block of apartments, on sloping land to the north end of the site, is also being considered.
The proposed scheme is the latest project by The Bournemouth Development Company, a regeneration partnership delivering Bournemouth Borough Council’s Town Centre Vision.
Duncan Johnston, Director, Bournemouth Development Company, said: “The proposal incorporates sustainability, contemporary design and impressive architecture. It is aimed at attracting families and young professionals keen to live in the town centre.”
Under the plan, three of the town houses will have four bedrooms while the other five will have three bedrooms. The apartments will involve one, two and three-bed flats.
Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “By offering a mix of high-quality new homes at this central location, we can continue to support the vibrancy and economy of the area, a central plank of the Town Centre Vision. The development will help to boost further investment in Bournemouth, increase footfall and retail spend, and support local employment during construction.”
The plans are designed to regenerate a 77-space surface car park currently used during weekday office hours by council staff. At weekends and on weekday evenings, it operates as a pay-and-display public facility.
Bournemouth Development Company has already delivered the Citrus Building at Horseshoe Common, award-winning student accommodation at Madeira Road for Arts University Bournemouth and the Madeira Road multi-storey car park overlooking Wessex Way.
The St Stephen’s Road public exhibition follows approval of a site development plan earlier this year which paved the way for a development appraisal. A full planning application is expected to be made by the end of the year ahead of more detailed design work and a potential start on site during 2016.
The plans are on view at The Norfolk Hotel on Richmond Hill, just yards from the car park itself, between 2pm and 8pm on Tuesday, 24 November, 2015.