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Tree Tops shortlisted for RTPI South West Award for Planning Excellence 2021
Tree Tops shortlisted for RTPI South West Award for Planning Excellence 2021

Terence O’Rourke Ltd and the Bournemouth Development Company have been shortlisted for their work on the Tree Tops development in Bournemouth town centre, in the ‘Excellence in Planning Delivery’ category.

Tree Tops at St Stephen's Road is the latest scheme to be delivered by Terence O’Rourke and the Bournemouth Development Company, which is a Joint Venture between Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Muse Developments. The Bournemouth Development Company was established to help deliver the Town Centre Vision for Bournemouth, whose objectives include boosting the economy, creating attractive spaces, and increasing vibrancy through creating opportunities for tourism, education, culture, retail and new homes.

The development site was heavily constrained given its proximity to a Grade I listed church, protected trees (including a veteran), proximity to the A338 Wessex Way and a challenging topography complete with failing slopes. Terence O’Rourke’s planning and architecture teams worked closely, in collaboration with the wider project team, Local Planning Authority and key stakeholders to successfully overcome these challenges and deliver and exemplary residential development.


The development was completed in 2020 and was fully occupied within 12-weeks, demonstrating the important contribution it has made in providing much needed sustainable housing and delivering the Town Centre Vision. The development has been retained by BCP Council and let through its subsidiary company Seascape Homes and Property Limited.

The Tree Tops scheme demonstrates how a public / private partnership can successfully address the challenges of town centre development on an under-utilised brownfield site, by taking a longer term and more strategic approach to delivery. The scheme has also demonstrated the value of working with a carefully selected and local design and delivery team who have a good understanding of the local area to unlock a challenging site.

The RTPI South West Awards finals will be held in November 2021.