Fresh proposals to transform Bournemouth International Hotel and Ocean Palace restaurant to go before planning committee

NEW ERA: Computer generated image of the new development proposed to replace the Bournemouth International Hotel and Ocean Palace Restaurant

PRINCIPLE: Westbourne and West Cliff councillor Barry Goldbart

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FRESH proposals to redevelop a prominent seaside hotel and restaurant will go before Bournemouth’s planning committee on Monday.

Planning officers are recommending councillors approve the scheme, which would see the existing Bournemouth International Hotel and Ocean Palace restaurant in Priory Road demolished and replaced with a larger restaurant and 86 flats.

The development would consist of two blocks of flats set above an 88-space underground car park, while the restaurant will be situated on the corner of Beacon Road and Priory Road.

Nine of the flats would be holiday lets and will be marketed at 20 per cent below market value to attract investors.

In his report to the planning committee, planning officer Steve Davies said the “stylish, modern design” of the two blocks would create a “distinctive landmark” in the town.

A spokesman for applicant Taylor Wimpey said: “Our proposed scheme for the regeneration of the Bournemouth International Hotel will transform this landmark site into a development of 86 high-quality apartments and holiday lets, together with a new restaurant and basement car parking.

“We have worked closely with the local planning authority to create a sustainable development that features an attractive design and respects the West Cliff Conservation Area opposite the site.”

Westbourne and West Cliff councillor Barry Goldbart said he had always supported the principle of the development and was satisfied the scale and design of the proposed new buildings were right.

“From my point of view it seems like a good deal for the town and will be an attractive addition to the coastline,” he said.

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12:36pm Thu 15 May 14

Bugzy84 says...

"Distinctive Landmark"
Looks like any other block of flats, have architects completely lost their imaginations?
"Distinctive Landmark" Looks like any other block of flats, have architects completely lost their imaginations? Bugzy84
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2:43pm Thu 15 May 14

PokesdownMark says...

It is not tooooo bad. But the council/planners should raise the bar for key locations like this one. The flats will sell for an absolute bundle. So make those involved work a bit harder to create a more attractive 'landmark'. Maybe the planning dept don't have the clout to do enforce grandeur? Don't know how that works. But hopefully they do.
It is not tooooo bad. But the council/planners should raise the bar for key locations like this one. The flats will sell for an absolute bundle. So make those involved work a bit harder to create a more attractive 'landmark'. Maybe the planning dept don't have the clout to do enforce grandeur? Don't know how that works. But hopefully they do. PokesdownMark
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Thu 15 May 14

BmthNewshound says...

Bournemouth Council must make a small fortune from the endless planning applications which never seem to come to fruition. Plans get approved, nothing happens and then a new set of plans is submitted, gets approved, and the cycle goes on and on.
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If the computer generated image is anything to go by I'd say this proposed development was anything but a "distinctive landmark". I think Planning Officer Steve Davies really does need to get out of Bournemouth more often and see some of the “stylish modern designs” being built elsewhere or even just go along and have a look at St Remo Towers which is one of the few buildings in Bournemouth to have any architectural merit. Look around Bournemouth and its been spoilt by characterless and poorly designed blocks of flats. It appears that the underlying criteria in the planning process is does this block of flats maximise the amount of council tax we can extort from this site.
Bournemouth Council must make a small fortune from the endless planning applications which never seem to come to fruition. Plans get approved, nothing happens and then a new set of plans is submitted, gets approved, and the cycle goes on and on. . If the computer generated image is anything to go by I'd say this proposed development was anything but a "distinctive landmark". I think Planning Officer Steve Davies really does need to get out of Bournemouth more often and see some of the “stylish modern designs” being built elsewhere or even just go along and have a look at St Remo Towers which is one of the few buildings in Bournemouth to have any architectural merit. Look around Bournemouth and its been spoilt by characterless and poorly designed blocks of flats. It appears that the underlying criteria in the planning process is does this block of flats maximise the amount of council tax we can extort from this site. BmthNewshound
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4:26pm Thu 15 May 14

Old Colonial says...

"Nine of the flats would be holiday lets and will be marketed at 20 per cent below market value to attract investors." Why?
"Nine of the flats would be holiday lets and will be marketed at 20 per cent below market value to attract investors." Why? Old Colonial
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8:42am Fri 16 May 14

arthur1948 says...

Homes for the rich......
Homes for the rich...... arthur1948
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9:30am Fri 16 May 14

Chip in says...

Holiday lettings and long-term residential homes are incompatible. I speak from experience. It should either be all holiday lettings or all long-term residential.
Holiday lettings and long-term residential homes are incompatible. I speak from experience. It should either be all holiday lettings or all long-term residential. Chip in
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