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New apartments to be built on former hotel site in Poole

Plans to replace a long standing vacant hotel in Poole with 17 new apartments have been approved by councillors.

Members of Borough of Poole's Planning Committee voted unanimously to grant the application submitted by Pegasus Life Limited, subject to conditions, at a meeting held on Thursday 19 March.

The former Norfolk Lodge Hotel in Flaghead Road in Canford Cliffs has been vacant since 2003. The planning proposals include the demolition of the existing buildings and the construction of 17 apartments with basement car parking, landscaping, access and associated services. The apartments will be made available to people who are over 60 years of age.

The Planning Committee also secured £617,389 to deliver around 7 new affordable homes in Poole and £487,858 towards community infrastructure in the borough in the future.

Councillor Philip Eades, Chairman of the Planning Committee, Borough of Poole, said: “Whilst it is disappointing that this proposal fails to deliver a hotel, it is acknowledged that a hotel use has not existed on site for some years with no apparent harm to Tourism. The proposal was welcomed by Committee and supported given it brings a vacant site back into active use, it delivers 17 new homes that will be delivered by the applicants as elderly accommodation, whilst securing significant contributions that will enable the council to deliver approximately 7 new affordable homes in Poole as well as securing significant contributions towards Community Infrastructure.”

The full applications (APP/14/01262/F) and (APP/14/01673/F) can be viewed online at poole.gov.uk/planningapplications.