Council to buy ex police homes to create more affordable housing in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: HOMES: Former police homes in Gladstone Road East, Boscombe HOMES: Former police homes in Gladstone Road East, Boscombe

FIVE former police houses will be bought by Bournemouth council to create more affordable family housing in the town.

A total of £865,000 will be spent buying the five empty houses in Gladstone Road East and refurbishing them. The houses are currently owned by Dorset Police Authority but were put up for sale after being deemed surplus to requirements.

Following refurbishment, the three-bedroom homes will then be added to the council’s housing stock during the spring and allocated to families on the housing register. Over 25 years, it’s estimated the homes will provide the council with £295,000 profit.

Simon Ludgate, head of housing technical services and building maintenance, said: “Providing affordable housing is a high priority for the council and in particular we want to increase the amount of good quality, affordable family housing in Boscombe, as part of the ongoing work to regenerate the area.

“By renovating these properties, it will help towards our aim to develop 105 units in the borough as part of a three-year programme.”

And Cllr Robert Lawton, cabinet member for housing, said: “We will completely gut them, refurbish them and turn them into good quality, energy-efficient family homes.

“There’s a real need for more affordable housing in Bournemouth and we are trying to reduce the numbers of people waiting on our housing list.

“This is a way of people getting a good home in a nice area for an affordable rent.”

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9:48am Sun 5 Jan 14

Moro99 says...

This is not creating affordable houses as they already exist! Why not just allow them to be sold to families who will buy them at this bargain price and live in them?
Instead of letting families look after themselves, the council is intervening in the market , taking these houses out of the system so they can profit by over 50k from each family over the 25 years.
The council should build homes on its own land , not take affordable homes to buy out of the market.
This is not creating affordable houses as they already exist! Why not just allow them to be sold to families who will buy them at this bargain price and live in them? Instead of letting families look after themselves, the council is intervening in the market , taking these houses out of the system so they can profit by over 50k from each family over the 25 years. The council should build homes on its own land , not take affordable homes to buy out of the market. Moro99

9:51am Sun 5 Jan 14

Townee says...

I wonder how many houses could be built for £865.000 ?
The council have sold off most of our stock of houses over the last 20 years and built very few to replace them. The waiting list for a council has has grown with little hope of getting one. Maggie did this country a disservice when she sold off the council houses CHEAP not at market value and with no plan to replace them.
This is why the private rented sector has grown and people now pay way over what they would for a council house.
The council needs to build more houses not buy up ones for the high market rate.
I wonder how many houses could be built for £865.000 ? The council have sold off most of our stock of houses over the last 20 years and built very few to replace them. The waiting list for a council has has grown with little hope of getting one. Maggie did this country a disservice when she sold off the council houses CHEAP not at market value and with no plan to replace them. This is why the private rented sector has grown and people now pay way over what they would for a council house. The council needs to build more houses not buy up ones for the high market rate. Townee

10:31am Sun 5 Jan 14

Reader Echo says...

Townee wrote:
I wonder how many houses could be built for £865.000 ?
The council have sold off most of our stock of houses over the last 20 years and built very few to replace them. The waiting list for a council has has grown with little hope of getting one. Maggie did this country a disservice when she sold off the council houses CHEAP not at market value and with no plan to replace them.
This is why the private rented sector has grown and people now pay way over what they would for a council house.
The council needs to build more houses not buy up ones for the high market rate.
I agree with you, however there is hardly any room to build more in this area. Virtually every garden and space has been built on.

The authorities has created high density urban sprawl from Lychett though to the New Forest.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many houses could be built for £865.000 ? The council have sold off most of our stock of houses over the last 20 years and built very few to replace them. The waiting list for a council has has grown with little hope of getting one. Maggie did this country a disservice when she sold off the council houses CHEAP not at market value and with no plan to replace them. This is why the private rented sector has grown and people now pay way over what they would for a council house. The council needs to build more houses not buy up ones for the high market rate.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, however there is hardly any room to build more in this area. Virtually every garden and space has been built on. The authorities has created high density urban sprawl from Lychett though to the New Forest. Reader Echo

10:58am Sun 5 Jan 14

roguetrader666 says...

The way the council overpays for everything it does, you can bet they'll blow £50k a house on the refurbishment making it Eco friendly, then sell it off to a tenant at a 70% discount later down the line. Unfortunately councillors are usually ex public sector workers who have never run more than a bath, and have certainly never had to turn a profit. They are incapable of negotiating a good deal for taxpayers. You can bet they are paying the full price the police authority came up with.
The way the council overpays for everything it does, you can bet they'll blow £50k a house on the refurbishment making it Eco friendly, then sell it off to a tenant at a 70% discount later down the line. Unfortunately councillors are usually ex public sector workers who have never run more than a bath, and have certainly never had to turn a profit. They are incapable of negotiating a good deal for taxpayers. You can bet they are paying the full price the police authority came up with. roguetrader666

11:02am Sun 5 Jan 14

onetimeapathetic says...

This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.
This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them. onetimeapathetic

11:41am Sun 5 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

onetimeapathetic wrote:
This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.
I was given to understand that Dave Wells was working in Partnership with BBC.................
.....
[quote][p][bold]onetimeapathetic[/bold] wrote: This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.[/p][/quote]I was given to understand that Dave Wells was working in Partnership with BBC................. ..... O'Reilly

11:42am Sun 5 Jan 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Well it is good news but i hope they don't convert two houses into one for the family in Southbourne with nine children who demanded a bigger house.Remember them !.Go and have a vasectomy and stop living off the hard working tax payer and those who are on benefit and abide by the rules.

Also thats five rents that that you know who won't get.I'll tell you something it's got bad since 'Dubai Dave' has retired.

I hope local connections and seniority is used in allocation.53 years in this town and kicked off the housing list when a foreign family in this country for five years get a Housing Assocation property.As this family are friends of mine we have had a discussion and even they think it's wrong.

Away from the issue there was a discussion that letting it would be a security risk to the police station so now does that mean Boscombe PS. will close.
Well it is good news but i hope they don't convert two houses into one for the family in Southbourne with nine children who demanded a bigger house.Remember them !.Go and have a vasectomy and stop living off the hard working tax payer and those who are on benefit and abide by the rules. Also thats five rents that that you know who won't get.I'll tell you something it's got bad since 'Dubai Dave' has retired. I hope local connections and seniority is used in allocation.53 years in this town and kicked off the housing list when a foreign family in this country for five years get a Housing Assocation property.As this family are friends of mine we have had a discussion and even they think it's wrong. Away from the issue there was a discussion that letting it would be a security risk to the police station so now does that mean Boscombe PS. will close. politicaltrainspotter

11:46am Sun 5 Jan 14

glendower2909 says...

onetimeapathetic wrote:
This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.
Wrong. Iike him or not he has done more to clean up boscombe than anyone on the council. He has also built more properties than the council so winner all round
[quote][p][bold]onetimeapathetic[/bold] wrote: This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.[/p][/quote]Wrong. Iike him or not he has done more to clean up boscombe than anyone on the council. He has also built more properties than the council so winner all round glendower2909

12:18pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Townee says...

Reader Echo wrote:
Townee wrote:
I wonder how many houses could be built for £865.000 ?
The council have sold off most of our stock of houses over the last 20 years and built very few to replace them. The waiting list for a council has has grown with little hope of getting one. Maggie did this country a disservice when she sold off the council houses CHEAP not at market value and with no plan to replace them.
This is why the private rented sector has grown and people now pay way over what they would for a council house.
The council needs to build more houses not buy up ones for the high market rate.
I agree with you, however there is hardly any room to build more in this area. Virtually every garden and space has been built on.

The authorities has created high density urban sprawl from Lychett though to the New Forest.
The council should be forced to build more homes for local families on the housing list. 3 bedroom ones are best for families and if it means building on a bit of unused green grass then let's get them built. Most green grass areas are only used as dog poo sites so let's have houses even if they are on green belt sites. Brown belt first and if not enough go on the green areas.
We need houses not green grass, there are many areas that have spare greens for example Highlands Crescent at Kinson.
[quote][p][bold]Reader Echo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many houses could be built for £865.000 ? The council have sold off most of our stock of houses over the last 20 years and built very few to replace them. The waiting list for a council has has grown with little hope of getting one. Maggie did this country a disservice when she sold off the council houses CHEAP not at market value and with no plan to replace them. This is why the private rented sector has grown and people now pay way over what they would for a council house. The council needs to build more houses not buy up ones for the high market rate.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, however there is hardly any room to build more in this area. Virtually every garden and space has been built on. The authorities has created high density urban sprawl from Lychett though to the New Forest.[/p][/quote]The council should be forced to build more homes for local families on the housing list. 3 bedroom ones are best for families and if it means building on a bit of unused green grass then let's get them built. Most green grass areas are only used as dog poo sites so let's have houses even if they are on green belt sites. Brown belt first and if not enough go on the green areas. We need houses not green grass, there are many areas that have spare greens for example Highlands Crescent at Kinson. Townee

12:23pm Sun 5 Jan 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

glendower2909 wrote:
onetimeapathetic wrote: This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.
Wrong. Iike him or not he has done more to clean up boscombe than anyone on the council. He has also built more properties than the council so winner all round
Glendower.I see your point.However, the only partnership Dave Wells has is with his bank account and a camel in Dubai.

His new builds are shoddy.The turnover of tenants is high and it is not affordable housing.The LHA fluctuates between £118-£121 and his new builds are £130 per week.Even those that work find it expensive and move on.The only reason is that unlike other landlords 'Dubai Dave' charges £50 administration fee as opposed to other private landlords who charge for itinary and tenancy agreements, etc, etc, which becomes expensive.

Believe me the turnover is high and there is not any sustainable tenancy.It really is about being in a Hostel and that is reflected in the tenants mindset.

As with a LA or HA property if you improve the property when you move you get your money back.With DW you don't so every flat is magnolia.The only good thing the tenants have is there personal items and furniture that they can take with them.

The hallway lights are on, 24/7 even in the summer.Not energy efficent are we ! But his office, two foot steps on come the light and straight off.Now thats energy efficency.

Some new builds in the communal area have not been painted for seven years.So potentially we are looking at bad housing in the future.

The reason is that DW has built more properties is that a certain Maggie Thatcher sold the council houses and none were replaced making them a premium.
[quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onetimeapathetic[/bold] wrote: This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.[/p][/quote]Wrong. Iike him or not he has done more to clean up boscombe than anyone on the council. He has also built more properties than the council so winner all round[/p][/quote]Glendower.I see your point.However, the only partnership Dave Wells has is with his bank account and a camel in Dubai. His new builds are shoddy.The turnover of tenants is high and it is not affordable housing.The LHA fluctuates between £118-£121 and his new builds are £130 per week.Even those that work find it expensive and move on.The only reason is that unlike other landlords 'Dubai Dave' charges £50 administration fee as opposed to other private landlords who charge for itinary and tenancy agreements, etc, etc, which becomes expensive. Believe me the turnover is high and there is not any sustainable tenancy.It really is about being in a Hostel and that is reflected in the tenants mindset. As with a LA or HA property if you improve the property when you move you get your money back.With DW you don't so every flat is magnolia.The only good thing the tenants have is there personal items and furniture that they can take with them. The hallway lights are on, 24/7 even in the summer.Not energy efficent are we ! But his office, two foot steps on come the light and straight off.Now thats energy efficency. Some new builds in the communal area have not been painted for seven years.So potentially we are looking at bad housing in the future. The reason is that DW has built more properties is that a certain Maggie Thatcher sold the council houses and none were replaced making them a premium. politicaltrainspotter

12:30pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

politicaltrainspotte
r
wrote:
Well it is good news but i hope they don't convert two houses into one for the family in Southbourne with nine children who demanded a bigger house.Remember them !.Go and have a vasectomy and stop living off the hard working tax payer and those who are on benefit and abide by the rules.

Also thats five rents that that you know who won't get.I'll tell you something it's got bad since 'Dubai Dave' has retired.

I hope local connections and seniority is used in allocation.53 years in this town and kicked off the housing list when a foreign family in this country for five years get a Housing Assocation property.As this family are friends of mine we have had a discussion and even they think it's wrong.

Away from the issue there was a discussion that letting it would be a security risk to the police station so now does that mean Boscombe PS. will close.
Good news indeed as it will mirror some of your life in one of the 21 former police houses purchased by the council in the early 1970s.
So this type of purchase is hardly ground breaking news
[quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: Well it is good news but i hope they don't convert two houses into one for the family in Southbourne with nine children who demanded a bigger house.Remember them !.Go and have a vasectomy and stop living off the hard working tax payer and those who are on benefit and abide by the rules. Also thats five rents that that you know who won't get.I'll tell you something it's got bad since 'Dubai Dave' has retired. I hope local connections and seniority is used in allocation.53 years in this town and kicked off the housing list when a foreign family in this country for five years get a Housing Assocation property.As this family are friends of mine we have had a discussion and even they think it's wrong. Away from the issue there was a discussion that letting it would be a security risk to the police station so now does that mean Boscombe PS. will close.[/p][/quote]Good news indeed as it will mirror some of your life in one of the 21 former police houses purchased by the council in the early 1970s. So this type of purchase is hardly ground breaking news Lord Spring

12:43pm Sun 5 Jan 14

stevobath says...

Selling off Council homes at ridiculously low prices has finally caught up with many councils.
Now the new Thatcherite Government are suggesting selling properties at 30% of market value!

Criminal.
Selling off Council homes at ridiculously low prices has finally caught up with many councils. Now the new Thatcherite Government are suggesting selling properties at 30% of market value! Criminal. stevobath

12:49pm Sun 5 Jan 14

onetimeapathetic says...

glendower2909 wrote:
onetimeapathetic wrote:
This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.
Wrong. Iike him or not he has done more to clean up boscombe than anyone on the council. He has also built more properties than the council so winner all round
Glendower you don't seem to realise who is responsible for the state boscombe is in now. I have lived here for all my 50 years and I can tell you that boscombe used to be a nice place to live until your favourite person bought ex guest houses, converted them to bedsits, went up north and persuaded people to move down, sign on and get their rent paid. So dont give me 'he's done more for boscombe.....' . He certainly should do more for boscombe............
..
[quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onetimeapathetic[/bold] wrote: This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.[/p][/quote]Wrong. Iike him or not he has done more to clean up boscombe than anyone on the council. He has also built more properties than the council so winner all round[/p][/quote]Glendower you don't seem to realise who is responsible for the state boscombe is in now. I have lived here for all my 50 years and I can tell you that boscombe used to be a nice place to live until your favourite person bought ex guest houses, converted them to bedsits, went up north and persuaded people to move down, sign on and get their rent paid. So dont give me 'he's done more for boscombe.....' . He certainly should do more for boscombe............ .. onetimeapathetic

1:00pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Lewcee says...

Full Circle...I understood that these houses were built by Bournemouth Borough Council for the use of their own Bournemouth Borough Police Officers. Then in 1967 the Borough amalgamated with Dorset County Police, and the rest is history....so now the Borough buys back their own houses from the County. A bit sick really.
Full Circle...I understood that these houses were built by Bournemouth Borough Council for the use of their own Bournemouth Borough Police Officers. Then in 1967 the Borough amalgamated with Dorset County Police, and the rest is history....so now the Borough buys back their own houses from the County. A bit sick really. Lewcee

1:37pm Sun 5 Jan 14

High Treason says...

If we closed the borders, turfed out those who came here and are not working we would have loads more housing at more sensible prices
If we closed the borders, turfed out those who came here and are not working we would have loads more housing at more sensible prices High Treason

1:44pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Controversial But True says...

The way this government has been, there will be lots of empty police stations, army barracks, naval bases and RAF bases to refurbish too!!

Want to be a broken defenseless nation? VOTE CONSERVATIVE!!
The way this government has been, there will be lots of empty police stations, army barracks, naval bases and RAF bases to refurbish too!! Want to be a broken defenseless nation? VOTE CONSERVATIVE!! Controversial But True

1:51pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Redgolfer says...

Controversial But True wrote:
The way this government has been, there will be lots of empty police stations, army barracks, naval bases and RAF bases to refurbish too!!

Want to be a broken defenseless nation? VOTE CONSERVATIVE!!
IF YOU WANT TO BE BROKE OR DEEMED A RACIST FOR DEBATING IMMIGRATION THEN VOTE LABOUR AS THE NOTE AFTER THE LAST ELECTION SUGGESTED ?????
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: The way this government has been, there will be lots of empty police stations, army barracks, naval bases and RAF bases to refurbish too!! Want to be a broken defenseless nation? VOTE CONSERVATIVE!![/p][/quote]IF YOU WANT TO BE BROKE OR DEEMED A RACIST FOR DEBATING IMMIGRATION THEN VOTE LABOUR AS THE NOTE AFTER THE LAST ELECTION SUGGESTED ????? Redgolfer

2:53pm Sun 5 Jan 14

skydriver says...

glendower2909 wrote:
onetimeapathetic wrote:
This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.
Wrong. Iike him or not he has done more to clean up boscombe than anyone on the council. He has also built more properties than the council so winner all round
Clean up Boscomb,, were has this taken place, and when did it happen,
[quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onetimeapathetic[/bold] wrote: This is a good idea as it will stop Dave Wells from buying them and turning Boscombe onto more of a ghetto. At least the council will ensure they are adequately maintained and hopefully will put decent hard working families in them.[/p][/quote]Wrong. Iike him or not he has done more to clean up boscombe than anyone on the council. He has also built more properties than the council so winner all round[/p][/quote]Clean up Boscomb,, were has this taken place, and when did it happen, skydriver

3:51pm Sun 5 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

politicaltrainspotte
r
wrote:
Well it is good news but i hope they don't convert two houses into one for the family in Southbourne with nine children who demanded a bigger house.Remember them !.Go and have a vasectomy and stop living off the hard working tax payer and those who are on benefit and abide by the rules.

Also thats five rents that that you know who won't get.I'll tell you something it's got bad since 'Dubai Dave' has retired.

I hope local connections and seniority is used in allocation.53 years in this town and kicked off the housing list when a foreign family in this country for five years get a Housing Assocation property.As this family are friends of mine we have had a discussion and even they think it's wrong.

Away from the issue there was a discussion that letting it would be a security risk to the police station so now does that mean Boscombe PS. will close.
Well it is only open part-time anyway... 9am to 4.30pm and closed at weekends.
[quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: Well it is good news but i hope they don't convert two houses into one for the family in Southbourne with nine children who demanded a bigger house.Remember them !.Go and have a vasectomy and stop living off the hard working tax payer and those who are on benefit and abide by the rules. Also thats five rents that that you know who won't get.I'll tell you something it's got bad since 'Dubai Dave' has retired. I hope local connections and seniority is used in allocation.53 years in this town and kicked off the housing list when a foreign family in this country for five years get a Housing Assocation property.As this family are friends of mine we have had a discussion and even they think it's wrong. Away from the issue there was a discussion that letting it would be a security risk to the police station so now does that mean Boscombe PS. will close.[/p][/quote]Well it is only open part-time anyway... 9am to 4.30pm and closed at weekends. O'Reilly

3:59pm Sun 5 Jan 14

old duffa says...

so the council pay top dollar for 5 houses in Boscombe (£750,000)
then spend 200k plus on refurbishing the lot, then stopping 5 young working couples buying them as family homes,who pay tax on wages
but would rather rent them to someone who pays no tax or rent as they claim full benefit,
at the same time they are selling a ex school caretakers house in Bournemouth ,which need work for £150,000,which they already own it,so why not keep it?
so the council pay top dollar for 5 houses in Boscombe (£750,000) then spend 200k plus on refurbishing the lot, then stopping 5 young working couples buying them as family homes,who pay tax on wages but would rather rent them to someone who pays no tax or rent as they claim full benefit, at the same time they are selling a ex school caretakers house in Bournemouth ,which need work for £150,000,which they already own it,so why not keep it? old duffa

4:25pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Dr Strangelove says...

Reader Echo wrote:
Townee wrote:
I wonder how many houses could be built for £865.000 ?
The council have sold off most of our stock of houses over the last 20 years and built very few to replace them. The waiting list for a council has has grown with little hope of getting one. Maggie did this country a disservice when she sold off the council houses CHEAP not at market value and with no plan to replace them.
This is why the private rented sector has grown and people now pay way over what they would for a council house.
The council needs to build more houses not buy up ones for the high market rate.
I agree with you, however there is hardly any room to build more in this area. Virtually every garden and space has been built on.

The authorities has created high density urban sprawl from Lychett though to the New Forest.
Plants of land in the uk to build on. Only 9% of the uk is built on that's everything roads offices factories traintrack stately homes and houses. Of that only 2% has a housing plot on it including gardens and grass. It is simply not true the uk is over built on. We supply 60% of our own food and most of what is imported is stuff that doesn't grow as the climate is to cold. So if we built on another 2% we would double the housing stock.
[quote][p][bold]Reader Echo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many houses could be built for £865.000 ? The council have sold off most of our stock of houses over the last 20 years and built very few to replace them. The waiting list for a council has has grown with little hope of getting one. Maggie did this country a disservice when she sold off the council houses CHEAP not at market value and with no plan to replace them. This is why the private rented sector has grown and people now pay way over what they would for a council house. The council needs to build more houses not buy up ones for the high market rate.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, however there is hardly any room to build more in this area. Virtually every garden and space has been built on. The authorities has created high density urban sprawl from Lychett though to the New Forest.[/p][/quote]Plants of land in the uk to build on. Only 9% of the uk is built on that's everything roads offices factories traintrack stately homes and houses. Of that only 2% has a housing plot on it including gardens and grass. It is simply not true the uk is over built on. We supply 60% of our own food and most of what is imported is stuff that doesn't grow as the climate is to cold. So if we built on another 2% we would double the housing stock. Dr Strangelove

6:10pm Sun 5 Jan 14

SFF says...

Big space on the old coal yard which never gets mentioned.
Big space on the old coal yard which never gets mentioned. SFF

6:50pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Dr Strangelove says...

old duffa wrote:
so the council pay top dollar for 5 houses in Boscombe (£750,000)
then spend 200k plus on refurbishing the lot, then stopping 5 young working couples buying them as family homes,who pay tax on wages
but would rather rent them to someone who pays no tax or rent as they claim full benefit,
at the same time they are selling a ex school caretakers house in Bournemouth ,which need work for £150,000,which they already own it,so why not keep it?
The house in question will be sold to one of the "preferred" chaps developers.
[quote][p][bold]old duffa[/bold] wrote: so the council pay top dollar for 5 houses in Boscombe (£750,000) then spend 200k plus on refurbishing the lot, then stopping 5 young working couples buying them as family homes,who pay tax on wages but would rather rent them to someone who pays no tax or rent as they claim full benefit, at the same time they are selling a ex school caretakers house in Bournemouth ,which need work for £150,000,which they already own it,so why not keep it?[/p][/quote]The house in question will be sold to one of the "preferred" chaps developers. Dr Strangelove

10:00pm Sun 5 Jan 14

lionheart says...

I understand all local authorities in England are being pressed to come up with a quota of affordable housing units in their area. Presumably this goes some way towards meeting a target!
I understand all local authorities in England are being pressed to come up with a quota of affordable housing units in their area. Presumably this goes some way towards meeting a target! lionheart

10:57pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Boscomite says...

Buying them from whom? I thought we paid for the police force.
Buying them from whom? I thought we paid for the police force. Boscomite

7:46am Mon 6 Jan 14

Mozzacc says...

Living very close to this site I agree with most of what has been said regarding that these houses should have been sold on the open market. The other issue that hasn't been mentioned is that as most properties in Boscombe East do not have off street parking with more than 50% of kerbside parking restricted to no parking. As there is no parking on the road outside the properties and other nearby on street parking is continuously unavailable, where are the new tenants going to park? It's already chaotic with the council refusing to introduce resident parking.
Living very close to this site I agree with most of what has been said regarding that these houses should have been sold on the open market. The other issue that hasn't been mentioned is that as most properties in Boscombe East do not have off street parking with more than 50% of kerbside parking restricted to no parking. As there is no parking on the road outside the properties and other nearby on street parking is continuously unavailable, where are the new tenants going to park? It's already chaotic with the council refusing to introduce resident parking. Mozzacc

11:31am Mon 6 Jan 14

jinglebell says...

According to the report, the houses will be rented, which means that tenants will be able to buy them. A great deal, however, was made of the need for affordable homes to be retained by the Borough by the Leader of the Council, John Beesley, which is why he decided the Council's charity - B'mth 2026 - was to set up a Community Land Trust.
The idea being that B'mth 2026 would retain the freehold of a property but sell a lease on the property, so that there was always property available at a low cost. Toward this end the Council are currently demolishing the Boscombe Centre for Community and Arts (BCCA) is together with the two Victorian cottages on the site to make way to build 11 houses, which they will then "gift" to B'mth 2026 Community Land Trust. The Land Trust will then sell leases on the houses but retain the freehold. The demolition was officially objected to by just under 1,000 people because we could see the BCCA could be developed as an historic Art Centre and tourist attraction and so provide more trade and jobs and support for the community; B'mth Council dismissed all this in favour of a need for affordable houses to be built by the Borough via B'mth 2026, over the need for increased trade, and jobs.
According to the business plan by Friends of the BCCA, the costs involved in retaining the BCCA would not be met by the Council but could easily be met elsewhere and in a sustainable manner. This business plan was widely available and scrutinized by local businesses and at least 3 accountants and was deemed viable, and it was exciting in its ability to turn Boscombe around.
Now, however, the notion of the Community Land Trust seems to have gone out of the window in regard to the Police Houses. It seems that rather than a clear housing strategy, the Leader of the Council is whimsical in his approach, (although many say he is opportunistic) which means we have now lost a prime opportunity to improve Boscombe by the destruction of the BCCA.
According to the report, the houses will be rented, which means that tenants will be able to buy them. A great deal, however, was made of the need for affordable homes to be retained by the Borough by the Leader of the Council, John Beesley, which is why he decided the Council's charity - B'mth 2026 - was to set up a Community Land Trust. The idea being that B'mth 2026 would retain the freehold of a property but sell a lease on the property, so that there was always property available at a low cost. Toward this end the Council are currently demolishing the Boscombe Centre for Community and Arts (BCCA) is together with the two Victorian cottages on the site to make way to build 11 houses, which they will then "gift" to B'mth 2026 Community Land Trust. The Land Trust will then sell leases on the houses but retain the freehold. The demolition was officially objected to by just under 1,000 people because we could see the BCCA could be developed as an historic Art Centre and tourist attraction and so provide more trade and jobs and support for the community; B'mth Council dismissed all this in favour of a need for affordable houses to be built by the Borough via B'mth 2026, over the need for increased trade, and jobs. According to the business plan by Friends of the BCCA, the costs involved in retaining the BCCA would not be met by the Council but could easily be met elsewhere and in a sustainable manner. This business plan was widely available and scrutinized by local businesses and at least 3 accountants and was deemed viable, and it was exciting in its ability to turn Boscombe around. Now, however, the notion of the Community Land Trust seems to have gone out of the window in regard to the Police Houses. It seems that rather than a clear housing strategy, the Leader of the Council is whimsical in his approach, (although many say he is opportunistic) which means we have now lost a prime opportunity to improve Boscombe by the destruction of the BCCA. jinglebell

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