Apartments planned at the edge of the Bournemouth car park
The plan to build more than 200 apartments on the edge of a car park in Bournemouth town center will be resubmitted to the BCP Council planning committee on Thursday.
The application submitted by Summix RGB Developments Ltd and Sheet Anchor for the Richmond Gardens site was due for review by advisers earlier this year, but was withdrawn.
Now, when the proposal for 211 apartments and commercial space returns on Thursday, councilors will be asked to approve it.
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Planning permission has already been granted for a project of more than 600 student apartments around the Richmond Gardens car park after a successful appeal overturned the initial denial.
And in 2009, Bournemouth Council approved a proposal to build 120 apartments and a hotel on the site.
But in 2019, the developer submitted new plans, proposing the construction of 211 apartments over four blocks.
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These would vary in height from 15 stories to 12 with commercial units offered for the ground floor.
‘The proposed redevelopment would regenerate the underutilized and highly sustainable Bournemouth center site and provide 211 high quality homes for private renting, helping to meet an identified need in the town,’ a spokesperson for the developers said.
“The proposals would also make significant improvements to the public realm along Richmond Gardens, provide new opportunities for local businesses and encourage sustainable travel through the provision of 362 cycling spaces for residents and visitors.
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The request will be considered by the planning committee as it is considered a major proposal.
And, in a report released ahead of his Tuesday meeting, planning officer Tom Hubbard recommended councilors approve it.
“The proposed development will result in a significant change in the character of Richmond Gardens, although the change is not necessarily negative,” says its report.
“The change will be comparable both to the program approved in 2009, and in particular to the development of student housing recently authorized on appeal, in terms of development size, volume, distribution of buildings on the facade and line of development. ”
A final decision will be made at Thursday’s meeting.