Affordable housing project approved for Canford Heath Road

Borough of Poole's Planning Committee has approved Poole Housing Partnership's (PHP) application to build 62 new homes on Canford Heath Road at the former Gravel Hill Police Station site. 

The development, a joint project between Borough of Poole and PHP, which will be 100% affordable housing, will provide 56 general needs flats and six supported flats. A proportion of the flats will be made available on the rent to buy scheme, meaning some residents will have the opportunity to purchase their property after five years.

The flats will be built in three blocks and in response to the comments received during the public consultation process the building façade design was altered to soften its appearance within the context of the site. The site plan for block ‘C’ was also revisited resulting in 13 fewer trees now requiring removal as part of the full development. 

Cllr Peter Pawlowski, Chairman of the Planning Committee, Borough of Poole, said: "Members of the Planning Committee approved this application to provide much needed affordable housing in Poole. Following a thorough examination of all of the planning issues the committee overwhelmingly supported the application." 

A report is due to go before Full Council on 26 April seeking approval for the project to be delivered in partnership with Poole Housing Partnership. The project received support from Cabinet at their meeting on 12 April. 

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 and this scheme will help provide 62 urgently needed properties. Now planning permission has been received we hope members will approve the scheme to go ahead at their Full Council meeting."

Should the project be approved by Full Council the Council will go through the tender process for the construction of the project. Once a successful tender process has been completed then a start date for building work to commence will be announced. 

Details of the planning application can be found on our Planning Portal by entering APP/15/01799/F.

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