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Affordable Housing In Poole's Regeneration Area Approved

Plans to develop 17 affordable homes in Poole's regeneration area have been approved by councillors.

Members of Borough of Poole's Planning Committee voted unanimously to grant the planning application submitted by Spectrum Housing Group, subject to conditions, at a meeting held on Thursday 15 August.

The application includes the erection of 17 affordable homes comprising eleven two-bedroom apartments in a 5-storey block and six three-bedroom family houses with gardens. A new access road will also be installed as well as external works. The development will be constructed on a vacant brownfield site located between West Street and West Quay Road.

Councillor Philip Eades, Chairman of the Planning Committee, Borough of Poole, said: “The Committee felt that the re-use of a derelict town centre site for much needed affordable housing was to be welcomed. The provision of a route through the site for pedestrians and cyclists will assist east-west movement across the town centre."

As part of the scheme's requirements a row of Lime trees, covered by Tree Preservation Orders, would be felled to make way for the pedestrian and cycle link.

Councillor Peter Adams, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, Borough of Poole, said: "Securing affordable housing remains one of the council’s highest priorities. The regeneration area provides some of the best opportunities for us to meet Poole's housing challenges. I am delighted that the development of new affordable homes in the town centre is going ahead."

The full application (APP/13/00629/F) can be viewed online at boroughofpoole.com/planningapplications.