Award-winning planners secure £12.5m Bournemouth housing development consent.
A £12.5m housing development in Bournemouth town centre has been given the green light – with planning and design consultancy Terence O’Rourke praised for its role.
The St Stephen’s Road development, which is aimed at first-time buyers, young professionals, downsizers and families, will comprise 46 flats in two multi-storey blocks with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom properties. There will be 36 parking spaces for residents and visitors, including two disability spaces, through a mix of undercroft, basement and surface provision. There will also be a motorcycle space and 52 bike spaces.
The site, which had been earmarked for residential use in the council’s area action plan for several years, is currently a surface car park. It has been brought forward for rejuvenation by the Bournemouth Development Company, delivery partner for the Town Centre Vision, which includes a requirement to build 1,500 to 2,000 new homes in the town centre.
Terry Williams, director of Bournemouth-based Terence O’Rourke, said: “We are thrilled to see this vital housing development get the go-ahead with overwhelming support from both the public and council planners. We worked closely with a variety of stakeholders to ensure we were able to meet the necessary requirements and bring this popular scheme to life.”
Duncan Johnston, director at Bournemouth Development Company, said: “This is a high-quality residential scheme that incorporates sustainability, contemporary design and distinctive architecture.”
Work on site will begin in the autumn of 2017 subject to formal agreements being signed, with construction likely to take 18 months to complete.
Image: Terence O’Rourke St Stephen’s Road development