Planning approved for more affordable homes in Poole

Borough of Poole's Planning Committee has approved Sovereign Housing’s application to build 15 new affordable homes on council-owned land at Chichester Walk in Merley, supporting the Council's commitment to the delivery of affordable housing in Poole.

The development, which will be 100% affordable housing, will provide 15 family homes for people currently on the housing register. A proportion of the properties will be offered for Shared Ownership, giving residents the chance to buy a share of their home and pay rent on the remaining share, with the other properties being affordable rented homes.

The approved plans will see a mix of 14 2- and 3-bed houses built in three terraces, alongside a single flat above a block of garages. Improved access from Chichester Walk would also be constructed, as well as storage areas for bikes and rubbish bins. 

Kerry Ruff, Strategic Housing & Private Sector Manager, 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. I am pleased that planning permission has been granted for this site, and we can now move forward with providing more homes for local families.”

Work carried out last year identified the site, previously the home to Merley Youth Club, as one of five areas of council-owned land that could be considered for the provision of affordable housing. Work has included early consultation with local residents before the formal planning process was begun, which also gave members of the public further opportunity to have their say on the application. With planning permission now granted, it is hoped that work on the site will begin later this year.

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