TOR secure £12.5m Bournemouth housing development consent
TOR secure £12.5m Bournemouth housing development consent

Press release: 25.01.17

A popular £12.5m housing development in Bournemouth town centre has been given the green light - with award-winning planning and design consultancy Terence O’Rourke praised for its role.


The St Stephen's Road scheme got the go-ahead on Monday from Bournemouth Borough Council’s Planning Board following overwhelming support.


The 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. One of the buildings will contain 28 flats while the other block will have 18.


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 located opposite St Stephen’s Church. It is currently a surface car park used during weekday office hours by council staff and as a pay and display car park at weekends and evenings.


The site 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.


Terence O’Rourke worked closely with Historic England, the local community and the Bournemouth Design Review Panel, as well as the planning department to secure approval.


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.


“Once the application was submitted we did not receive any letters of objection – something which is very rare. This shows the need for the development, which will create a vibrant housing hub close to Bournemouth town centre and provide a boost to the economy.”


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.


Council Leader Councillor John Beesley said: “By offering a choice of high-quality homes, we can continue to support the vitality and vibrancy of the town centre. This scheme promises to stimulate further investment, increase footfall and retail spend, and create jobs during construction.”