Scheme for up to 35 houses on former coastguard training centre in Christchurch thrown out by councillors

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AN application to build up to 35 homes on the site of the former coastguard training centre in Christchurch has been refused.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is relocating its training operations to a new centre near Fareham in Hampshire, and to fund the move it plans to develop housing on the old site at Steamer Point, Friar’s Cliff.

Despite its application for recognition of the principle of residential development on the site being supported by planning officers, Christchurch councillors voted to refuse permission at a planning committee meeting.

Several argued that although the wording stipulated ‘up to 35’ homes, a maximum figure derived from the council’s own strategic housing assessment, this amount would be inappropriate for the site and they were unwilling to allow for that possibility.

“Why allow it while saying that around 20 homes would be more appropriate in practice,” said ward councillor Claire Bath.

“If they came back with a lower number I would have a different opinion.”

County councillor Lesley Dedman said she felt the case for any residential development of the site had not been made.

Addressing the meeting, Chris White of residents’ group the Friar’s Cliff Action Committee said: “In our opinion the application should be rejected unless the reference ‘up to 35’ is removed. A high proportion of the objections highlighted this as a particular concern.”

Mayor John Lofts also expressed concern that the development might impinge on the adjacent nature reserve. The meeting heard that the new development would not include any affordable housing, and in compensation the applicant had agreed to donate £1.45million to fund social housing projects elsewhere in the borough.

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4:21pm Tue 29 Apr 14

skydriver says...

Oh this has touched a raw note, is it because many of the councillors live nearby and don't want the peace a quiet rocked
It's ok to give permission to build retirement homes on Bridge street, and more flats a little further down the road, on the old petrol station forecourt. And in the high street behind the shops were the trees have been cut down to fit in with the builders.
Ah, that's ok,not in my back yard though. And the councillors say there's nothing underhand, in their dreams.the two faced lot. We need rid of them now before they do anymore damage. From Nottage down, that's the leader, I'm referring to.
Oh this has touched a raw note, is it because many of the councillors live nearby and don't want the peace a quiet rocked It's ok to give permission to build retirement homes on Bridge street, and more flats a little further down the road, on the old petrol station forecourt. And in the high street behind the shops were the trees have been cut down to fit in with the builders. Ah, that's ok,not in my back yard though. And the councillors say there's nothing underhand, in their dreams.the two faced lot. We need rid of them now before they do anymore damage. From Nottage down, that's the leader, I'm referring to. skydriver
  • Score: 9

4:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

skydriver says...

skydriver wrote:
Oh this has touched a raw note, is it because many of the councillors live nearby and don't want the peace a quiet rocked
It's ok to give permission to build retirement homes on Bridge street, and more flats a little further down the road, on the old petrol station forecourt. And in the high street behind the shops were the trees have been cut down to fit in with the builders.
Ah, that's ok,not in my back yard though. And the councillors say there's nothing underhand, in their dreams.the two faced lot. We need rid of them now before they do anymore damage. From Nottage down, that's the leader, I'm referring to.
I forgot to add Mayor Lofts worried about the nature reserve nearby, he didn't worry about that in Druitt gardens did he? No, Not corrupt !!,!!.?
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: Oh this has touched a raw note, is it because many of the councillors live nearby and don't want the peace a quiet rocked It's ok to give permission to build retirement homes on Bridge street, and more flats a little further down the road, on the old petrol station forecourt. And in the high street behind the shops were the trees have been cut down to fit in with the builders. Ah, that's ok,not in my back yard though. And the councillors say there's nothing underhand, in their dreams.the two faced lot. We need rid of them now before they do anymore damage. From Nottage down, that's the leader, I'm referring to.[/p][/quote]I forgot to add Mayor Lofts worried about the nature reserve nearby, he didn't worry about that in Druitt gardens did he? No, Not corrupt !!,!!.? skydriver
  • Score: 11

11:06am Thu 1 May 14

twynham says...

How can skydriver accuse Clair Bath of nimbyism?
Her property is overlooked by the monstrous development in Purewell.
How can skydriver accuse Clair Bath of nimbyism? Her property is overlooked by the monstrous development in Purewell. twynham
  • Score: 0

6:33am Mon 5 May 14

yet_another_one says...

skydriver wrote:
skydriver wrote:
Oh this has touched a raw note, is it because many of the councillors live nearby and don't want the peace a quiet rocked
It's ok to give permission to build retirement homes on Bridge street, and more flats a little further down the road, on the old petrol station forecourt. And in the high street behind the shops were the trees have been cut down to fit in with the builders.
Ah, that's ok,not in my back yard though. And the councillors say there's nothing underhand, in their dreams.the two faced lot. We need rid of them now before they do anymore damage. From Nottage down, that's the leader, I'm referring to.
I forgot to add Mayor Lofts worried about the nature reserve nearby, he didn't worry about that in Druitt gardens did he? No, Not corrupt !!,!!.?
The message to the 'blue rinse' brigade is this is what can be expected if you vote for the conservatives.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: Oh this has touched a raw note, is it because many of the councillors live nearby and don't want the peace a quiet rocked It's ok to give permission to build retirement homes on Bridge street, and more flats a little further down the road, on the old petrol station forecourt. And in the high street behind the shops were the trees have been cut down to fit in with the builders. Ah, that's ok,not in my back yard though. And the councillors say there's nothing underhand, in their dreams.the two faced lot. We need rid of them now before they do anymore damage. From Nottage down, that's the leader, I'm referring to.[/p][/quote]I forgot to add Mayor Lofts worried about the nature reserve nearby, he didn't worry about that in Druitt gardens did he? No, Not corrupt !!,!!.?[/p][/quote]The message to the 'blue rinse' brigade is this is what can be expected if you vote for the conservatives. yet_another_one
  • Score: 0

3:56pm Mon 5 May 14

Rich© says...

"The meeting heard that the new development would not include any affordable housing, and in compensation the applicant had agreed to donate £1.45million to fund social housing projects elsewhere in the borough"

nice little back-hander there , er I mean incentive !
"The meeting heard that the new development would not include any affordable housing, and in compensation the applicant had agreed to donate £1.45million to fund social housing projects elsewhere in the borough" nice little back-hander there , er I mean incentive ! Rich©
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