New homes officially opened at former site of Hamworthy First School

Bournemouth Echo: SPADE WORK: Mayor of Poole Cllr  Peter Adams  with Christine Turner and Richard Hill SPADE WORK: Mayor of Poole Cllr Peter Adams with Christine Turner and Richard Hill

A GROUP of 30 new homes were officially opened by the Mayor of Poole on Tuesday on the former site of Hamworthy First School.

The new houses, on Old School Place, have been built just off Blandford Road, on land which has been unused since 2004, when the school closed, which was destroyed by fire two years later.

Mayor of Poole, Cllr Peter Adams, was joined by Christine Turner, chairman of Spectrum Premier Homes and Richard Hill, chief executive of Spectrum Housing Group, to unveil the homes.

They also planted two fruit trees in memory of two pupils of the school, who died in 1965.

The Mayor of Poole said: “The buildings are well-equipped and the scenery is beautiful. A high priority for the town is to offer as much affordable housing as we can and this will help greatly.

He added that the mix of affordable rented homes, which have been allocated by Borough of Poole as Forever Homes, shared partnership properties and a number on the open-market could be ‘the formula for the future’.

The locally listed Victorian school building has been split into four homes, after the windows, entrances and roof were restored or recreated by Poole Bay builders.

Christine Turner, Chairman of Spectrum Premier Homes, the development subsidiary of Spectrum Housing Group, said: “It’s a partnership approach both with the Borough of Poole and with our local contractors.

She added: “Our overall aim is to provide as many affordable homes as we possibly can.

“This particular project cost us in the region of £3.5million and includes five shared ownership, and five open market sale, which is a big step for Spectrum, so we are pleased that they have been so successful.”

Ann Wood, a former pupil of the school, and Ann Smeaton, who was a teacher at Hamworthy First School from 1974 to 2002, and came back to visit for the opening.

Ann Smeaton said: “I have walked through the front doors of the old school house many times.

“It was nice to see the new parts of the building blended with the old.”

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8:16am Sat 14 Jun 14

MJD says...

Well I must admit its the best development I have seen in Hamworthy in many a year. Compared to others.
Well I must admit its the best development I have seen in Hamworthy in many a year. Compared to others. MJD
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9:01am Sat 14 Jun 14

we-shall-see says...

Nice housing which does blend in with the area nicely - and I particularly like the planting of fruit trees for the children who died in a house fire in 1965 (brother and sister Martin age 9 & Maureen Liddell age 10 and their friend Patricia Mowlem age 10), as the tress that were planted at that time for them were removed to make way for the new houses.

Well done all round!
Nice housing which does blend in with the area nicely - and I particularly like the planting of fruit trees for the children who died in a house fire in 1965 (brother and sister Martin age 9 & Maureen Liddell age 10 and their friend Patricia Mowlem age 10), as the tress that were planted at that time for them were removed to make way for the new houses. Well done all round! we-shall-see
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11:22am Sat 14 Jun 14

Azphreal says...

'five shared ownership, and five open market sale' So how will that affect the councils housing list? Once again what is 'affordable' housing?
'five shared ownership, and five open market sale' So how will that affect the councils housing list? Once again what is 'affordable' housing? Azphreal
  • Score: 1

2:37am Sun 15 Jun 14

guisselle says...

Looks good and the original school has a long history going back to 1900
my mum,s stepmother was a teacher there in the 1920's and '30s she was
Emily Elizabeth Church house, later married to Stanley Anderson my late
grandfather. Hope there will be more affordable housing for the local young
families.
Looks good and the original school has a long history going back to 1900 my mum,s stepmother was a teacher there in the 1920's and '30s she was Emily Elizabeth Church house, later married to Stanley Anderson my late grandfather. Hope there will be more affordable housing for the local young families. guisselle
  • Score: 2

11:58am Mon 16 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

So the aim is for them to be available to people who will buy them and live in them then. So, covenants on the title not to be rented out so as not to just be snapped up by a slum landlord, rented out at an extortionate rent and housing benefit straight into the landlord's pocket, paid out of our taxes, no I though not.
So the aim is for them to be available to people who will buy them and live in them then. So, covenants on the title not to be rented out so as not to just be snapped up by a slum landlord, rented out at an extortionate rent and housing benefit straight into the landlord's pocket, paid out of our taxes, no I though not. ashleycross
  • Score: 2

2:45pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Melanie.Read12 says...

ashleycross wrote:
So the aim is for them to be available to people who will buy them and live in them then. So, covenants on the title not to be rented out so as not to just be snapped up by a slum landlord, rented out at an extortionate rent and housing benefit straight into the landlord's pocket, paid out of our taxes, no I though not.
Actually, yes - there is exactly that covenant in the title deeds. I have bought one of these houses to live in with my family, so I know it's there.
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: So the aim is for them to be available to people who will buy them and live in them then. So, covenants on the title not to be rented out so as not to just be snapped up by a slum landlord, rented out at an extortionate rent and housing benefit straight into the landlord's pocket, paid out of our taxes, no I though not.[/p][/quote]Actually, yes - there is exactly that covenant in the title deeds. I have bought one of these houses to live in with my family, so I know it's there. Melanie.Read12
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