Compulsory purchase of Poole’s 32-acre former power station ‘should be considered’ says Mayor

DEVELOPMENT SITE: The vacant land

DEVELOPMENT SITE: The vacant land

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THE compulsory purchase of Poole’s 32 acre former power station site should be considered to build badly needed affordable housing, says the Mayor.

Cllr Phil Eades has proposed a motion to the next council meeting in May, calling on Borough of Poole to note with concern “the lack of any meaningful progress on development of the former power station site” in Hamworthy.

The site has lain vacant since the power station was demolished in the early 1990s. The Twin Sails Bridge, which was opened in April 2012, was expected to unlock development on the Hamworthy side.

The link road across the site is in use and Gallagher Estates submitted plans in December 2011 for a development of 1,350 homes, new public quayside, restaurants, shops and offices.

A council statement said: “We are liaising with Gallaghers on outstanding information in order to progress the application to a recommendation.”

Cllr Eades said: “I am becoming really concerned at the total lack of any progress on the development of the power station site.

“The council took a huge leap of faith in financing the Twin Sails Bridge without any legal safeguards to claim the loan repayments from the developers.

“The council is currently £2million in a hole when we were told that the bridge would never cost council taxpayers a penny.

“At the same time there is almost no affordable housing being developed anywhere in the borough.

“The council must now take some action – I would like to see the power station site compulsorily purchased and developed by ourselves,” he said.

Acting chief executive Andrew Flockhart said: “As and when full council considers such a motion members would have the opportunity to ask a committee to consider the proposal in detail.

“In doing so it is likely to consider the views of the landowners and whether or not there is a good case to seek a compulsory purchase.

“This will include assessing the implications of such action.

“For example, the costs to council tax payers, the realistic prospects of success and the impact any decision the council makes on a development that might otherwise have come forward for the land.”

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7:02pm Thu 1 May 14

Old Colonial says...

"“The council took a huge leap of faith in financing the Twin Sails Bridge without any legal safeguards to claim the loan repayments from the developers."

Really? Well I never, who'd have thought it!
"“The council took a huge leap of faith in financing the Twin Sails Bridge without any legal safeguards to claim the loan repayments from the developers." Really? Well I never, who'd have thought it! Old Colonial
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7:24pm Thu 1 May 14

Ebb Tide says...

For any community to be sustainable, it is essential that it can house all of its members. Even London is under pressure because of the oligarchs and other extremely wealthy people raising the market prices of housing.

Poole has survived over the centuries and if ways can be found to keep our local communities sustainable (by providing appropriate housing) then we will survive for much longer. Otherwise...........
.... ?? Who knows ?
For any community to be sustainable, it is essential that it can house all of its members. Even London is under pressure because of the oligarchs and other extremely wealthy people raising the market prices of housing. Poole has survived over the centuries and if ways can be found to keep our local communities sustainable (by providing appropriate housing) then we will survive for much longer. Otherwise........... .... ?? Who knows ? Ebb Tide
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9:51pm Thu 1 May 14

Hawkstone says...

Whilst I totally agree with the need for affordable housing, where is the infrastructure for this size of development? Schools, doctors and dentists to start with. This would need to be addressed first surely?
Whilst I totally agree with the need for affordable housing, where is the infrastructure for this size of development? Schools, doctors and dentists to start with. This would need to be addressed first surely? Hawkstone
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10:57pm Thu 1 May 14

Gonetothebeach says...

Interesting. I'm fairly new to the area and it seems odd to me that such a large and key potential site seems to have no visionary proposals in place for development - let alone any firm plans. What is being done to generate a suitable economically viable development here?
Interesting. I'm fairly new to the area and it seems odd to me that such a large and key potential site seems to have no visionary proposals in place for development - let alone any firm plans. What is being done to generate a suitable economically viable development here? Gonetothebeach
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5:12am Fri 2 May 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

This is a no brainer for the town of Poole. But yes, a school and a small medical centre at least will be needed with it.
This is a no brainer for the town of Poole. But yes, a school and a small medical centre at least will be needed with it. Chris@Bmouth
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10:48am Fri 2 May 14

Ebb Tide says...

Gonetothebeach wrote:
Interesting. I'm fairly new to the area and it seems odd to me that such a large and key potential site seems to have no visionary proposals in place for development - let alone any firm plans. What is being done to generate a suitable economically viable development here?
Oh you only need to talk to a few Councillors to realize that lip-service is given to "visions" but actually summoning up the will to implement any vision (with efficiency) is something else. Even the 'bridge vision' was implemented awkwardly. if not incorrectly.

"Limited resources" is the cry : "no drive (or will)" is the response ! Everyone knows that "where there is a will there is a way". Improved "public engagement" should help, but the vision for securing clearer and transparent accountability in a reasonable manner has lost its focus for reasons that are extremely dubious. The Leader of the Council may decide to explain the situation and on the other hand we may be left in the dark.

"Mushroom management" acceptable in Poole when the Localism Act exists ? Surely not.
[quote][p][bold]Gonetothebeach[/bold] wrote: Interesting. I'm fairly new to the area and it seems odd to me that such a large and key potential site seems to have no visionary proposals in place for development - let alone any firm plans. What is being done to generate a suitable economically viable development here?[/p][/quote]Oh you only need to talk to a few Councillors to realize that lip-service is given to "visions" but actually summoning up the will to implement any vision (with efficiency) is something else. Even the 'bridge vision' was implemented awkwardly. if not incorrectly. "Limited resources" is the cry : "no drive (or will)" is the response ! Everyone knows that "where there is a will there is a way". Improved "public engagement" should help, but the vision for securing clearer and transparent accountability in a reasonable manner has lost its focus for reasons that are extremely dubious. The Leader of the Council may decide to explain the situation and on the other hand we may be left in the dark. "Mushroom management" acceptable in Poole when the Localism Act exists ? Surely not. Ebb Tide
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