Controversial plans to replace Bournemouth church with student housing rejected by council

Bournemouth Echo: IMPACT: The former Apostolic Church at Victoria Park Road in Moordown IMPACT: The former Apostolic Church at Victoria Park Road in Moordown

CONTROVERSIAL plans to replace a disused church with student housing have been rejected by Bournemouth council’s planning board.

More than 40 residents from Victoria Park in Bournemouth submitted objections about the proposed accommodation block for 46 students taking over the site of a former Apostolic Church.

Concerns were raised over the increased noise and anti-social behaviour as well as the lack of parking spaces.

The application was turned down by eight votes to two with one abstention at the planning board meeting on December 16.

Chairman of the planning board David Kelsey said: “There were a lot of vociferous deputations and a group of residents who really made their voices heard.

“Although the university does bring huge benefits, there are cases where you have to put the local residents first.

“I think it came as quite a surprise to them, a nice early Christmas present.”

Ward councillor Nicola Greene argued the residents’ case at the planning board meeting.

She said: “It was really about the scale and impact of the proposed block. The plans were revised but the changes didn’t address the residents’ concerns.”

Professor Keith Phalp, of Victoria Park Road, said: “I understand that there is a need for accommodation, particularly given the growth in student numbers.

“However, this should not be allowed to ruin the lives of existing residents, particularly where the prime motivation seems to be one of private profit.”

The plans were put forward by planning agent Ken Parke Planning Consultants on behalf of Barton Estates UK Limited.

Their application claimed building new purpose-built accommodation will reduce pressure on family homes and the Art Deco-style design would enhance the area.

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4:00pm Mon 23 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

I'm sure the fact that Nicola Greene is one of Beesley's inner circle had nothing to do with the boards decision. Amazing how many times the planning board cast aside residents objections to inappropriate development where residents don't have the benefit of a Beesley backed councillor.
I'm sure the fact that Nicola Greene is one of Beesley's inner circle had nothing to do with the boards decision. Amazing how many times the planning board cast aside residents objections to inappropriate development where residents don't have the benefit of a Beesley backed councillor. BmthNewshound

6:26pm Tue 24 Dec 13

paul.p says...

One of these days they're going to start designing buildings with the car park underground...just looking at the area on a map and you can see dozens of car parks taking up so much space, so so far behind the times it's unreal but not surprising.
One of these days they're going to start designing buildings with the car park underground...just looking at the area on a map and you can see dozens of car parks taking up so much space, so so far behind the times it's unreal but not surprising. paul.p

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