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Cabinet supports affordable housing programme in Poole

Borough of Poole’s Cabinet has approved proposals in support of the Council's commitment to the delivery of affordable housing in Poole.

Members have approved proposals for officers to investigate using council owned land and assets for the identification of sites for affordable housing on a ward-by-ward basis.

Work that has already taken place across four wards in Poole – Merley and Bearwood, Broadstone, Creekmoor and Canford Heath East - has identified five possible sites out of over 100 investigated. These sites have been identified as being suitable for deliverable development and no plans have been drawn up at this stage. 

Officers will now investigate the feasibility of these sites before deciding whether to proceed to the planning process. This work will include exploring viable development options for the sites.

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, Borough of Poole, said: “Enabling the development of affordable housing in Poole is a top priority for the Council. With almost 1,000 households on the housing register it is important we investigate using council owned land and assets to meet this commitment. 

“The sites have been identified as being potentially suitable for deliverable development and we must now go through a process of exploring the type of development that might be viable. Should we decide that affordable housing is the best option we would then proceed to a formal planning application.”

The sites identified are:

•Former Merley Youth Club site, Chichester Walk

•Lytchett Drive x 2

•Northmead Drive

•Creekmoor Lane/Tarn Drive

The full report can be found here.









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