Could £150m hotel and leisure complex for Winter Gardens site be back on the table?

DEVELOPMENT: A generated image of the £150m plans for the Winter Gardens site

CONCERNS: Cllr David Kelsey

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A MULTI-million pound development unanimously rejected by councillors could be back on the table following an appeal.

Bournemouth Borough Council’s planning committee threw out proposals for a £150 million hotel, apartment and leisure complex in the town’s Winter Gardens on June 18 last year.

But it has now been confirmed that developers APB Park and Anthony P Bond have lodged an appeal, which will be heard almost a year to the day after the decision was made, on June 24.

Gregory Gray, of Gregory Gray Associates Chartered Town Planning Consultants, based in Fleet, Hampshire, said: “This is for the benefit of the wider community and economy, and it will bring this sad site into meaningful and useful purpose.”

He added: “We want to see how we can move the process forward, ideally with the possibility of trying to avoid an appeal.”

Councillors debated the scheme for almost two hours before rejecting the plans last year.

“I suggest that we would like to seek co-operation in the pre-application process itself,” said Mr Gray.

But chair of the planning board Cllr David Kelsey said councillors had been concerned over a number of issues.

“A big concern for the board last time was the lack of clarification over what leisure aspects there were going to be,” he said.

“It was the cinema and that was it. That was one of the big problems the board had.

“We weren’t happy with the level of commitment for the leisure aspect.”

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12:25pm Wed 19 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

Another example to highlight the fact that Beesley's Town Centre Vision is nothing short of a complete failure. The Council is "in dispute" with the developers behind 3 major schemes - They pulled the plug on Osbornes Pavilion Gardens development, want to pull the plug on Licet's West Central development, and have rejected plans for the Pavilion Gardens. Who in their right mind would want to invest in a town where the Council has such a poor record in managing large scale projects.
Another example to highlight the fact that Beesley's Town Centre Vision is nothing short of a complete failure. The Council is "in dispute" with the developers behind 3 major schemes - They pulled the plug on Osbornes Pavilion Gardens development, want to pull the plug on Licet's West Central development, and have rejected plans for the Pavilion Gardens. Who in their right mind would want to invest in a town where the Council has such a poor record in managing large scale projects. BmthNewshound
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12:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

The area is packed with hotels, with more being built at the moment. We don't need any more hotels or shops, what we need is better transport and better parking facilities!
The area is packed with hotels, with more being built at the moment. We don't need any more hotels or shops, what we need is better transport and better parking facilities! speedy231278
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12:48pm Wed 19 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

So if they promise build ,according a few a desperately needed ice rink even though it will go the same way as the last one.they will get permission to build.even though their creative vision last year just offered to give Bournemouth even more cinema seats.For God's sake pay a reputable design house to present a whole new plan for the town.It's fast becoming an end of the line town planned by a bunch of amateurs and only famous for hen and stag nights a bit kiss me quike.
So if they promise build ,according a few a desperately needed ice rink even though it will go the same way as the last one.they will get permission to build.even though their creative vision last year just offered to give Bournemouth even more cinema seats.For God's sake pay a reputable design house to present a whole new plan for the town.It's fast becoming an end of the line town planned by a bunch of amateurs and only famous for hen and stag nights a bit kiss me quike. kalebmoledirt
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12:57pm Wed 19 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

What a surprise - not. On and on and on it goes.......and we still have only empty building sites on much of our prime land.

But does anyone now still really believe that the apparently Council favoured but we were informed dead Nautilus (Pavilion) development scheme will not one day experience a similar but timely resurrection - particularly when the Council's controversially proposed CPO of it's rival West Central scheme Exeter Road site for a (thirty-seven years late) new Bus Station is secured.
What a surprise - not. On and on and on it goes.......and we still have only empty building sites on much of our prime land. But does anyone now still really believe that the apparently Council favoured but we were informed dead Nautilus (Pavilion) development scheme will not one day experience a similar but timely resurrection - particularly when the Council's controversially proposed CPO of it's rival West Central scheme Exeter Road site for a (thirty-seven years late) new Bus Station is secured. muscliffman
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10:22pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

oh look, there's going to be appartments .... now there's a surprise - though certainly not those dim enough to think this development is about leisure

as said, the developers are vague about the leisure side of things because as with the reef and the supposed ice rink the leisure sde of thngs are no more than a ruse to cram in as many appartments into the smallest space as possible ........... because that is where the real money is

the council are slowly beginning to grasp this - nece the refusal

just a shame that so many on this forum don't seem to have the same grasp on reality
oh look, there's going to be appartments .... now there's a surprise - though certainly not those dim enough to think this development is about leisure as said, the developers are vague about the leisure side of things because as with the reef and the supposed ice rink the leisure sde of thngs are no more than a ruse to cram in as many appartments into the smallest space as possible ........... because that is where the real money is the council are slowly beginning to grasp this - nece the refusal just a shame that so many on this forum don't seem to have the same grasp on reality Bob49
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