Proposal for new art deco style retirement apartments in Poole are submitted

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A proposal for an Art Deco style retirement apartments building rising to 12-storeys on a former Poole convent, has been submitted by McCarthy and Stone.

Their proposal for the former St Joseph’s Convent in Parkstone Road is for a mix of 57 assisted living and 23 retirement homes on the 1.14 acre site.

It already has planning permission for a seven-storey block of 52 retirement homes. However the Bournemouth-based company felt the Borough of Poole deserved a “signature development”.

The building design, which will go before Poole planners, rises to 12-storeys and steps down to six and then five storeys to fit in with the neighbouring Churchfield Court apartments.

The neighbouring accommodation tower at Poole Hospital rises to 13 storeys.

“Our vision for the site from the outset has been to raise the quality of housing for people in later life and create a modern, signature building which Poole can be proud of,” said Shane Paull, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone.

“We could build using the site’s existing consent today,” he said. “However, we’re committed to delivering a signature development which positively contributes to the townscape of Poole and raises the bar for local architecture.

“For us it’s important that people in later life have access to a wide range of housing choice, which not only offers an enjoyable and rewarding environment in which to live but provides comfort in the knowledge that help and support is on hand if required.”

Residents and bodies including the Open Spaces Society, Parkstone Bay Residents Association and Dorset Lake Residents’ Association all objected to the loss of the building, which was built between 1860 and 1875 and became a convent in 1925.

It was demolished in early 2010.

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4:18pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Humf says...

Twelve storeys which Poole can be proud of, right up over the line of trees on Poole Park we shall all look on with pride ! What a load of rubbish, i do wish these people would be honest and just say "we are maximising the potential for the site by suqeezing as much on it as possible".

As for "an enjoyable and rewarding environment" - err, again, in a block of flats ?
Twelve storeys which Poole can be proud of, right up over the line of trees on Poole Park we shall all look on with pride ! What a load of rubbish, i do wish these people would be honest and just say "we are maximising the potential for the site by suqeezing as much on it as possible". As for "an enjoyable and rewarding environment" - err, again, in a block of flats ? Humf

4:27pm Mon 3 Dec 12

paul.p says...

There's a lack of housing for the people who are already here and who are also paying extortionate amounts to rent boxes but I can see why retirement flats are all the rage, they can afford it.

Still, at least they wont have to go far to get to the Hospital.













they don't have the money right here and now but the oldies certainly do.
There's a lack of housing for the people who are already here and who are also paying extortionate amounts to rent boxes but I can see why retirement flats are all the rage, they can afford it. Still, at least they wont have to go far to get to the Hospital. they don't have the money right here and now but the oldies certainly do. paul.p

4:48pm Mon 3 Dec 12

portia6 says...

There are some lovely council bungalows
around with gardens front and back!
There are some lovely council bungalows around with gardens front and back! portia6

5:34pm Mon 3 Dec 12

BmthNewshound says...

With the huge influx of elderly people into Bournemouth & Poole, encouraged by McCarthy & Stone and Churchill, are causing a worrying distortion of the areas demographics which has worrying consequences with a major strain on local health and social care and adverse impact on the local economy.
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What Bournemouth & Poole needs is more homes for families and working people and greater emphasis on the creation of skilled jobs paying good wages rather than low paid jobs in care and hospitality.
With the huge influx of elderly people into Bournemouth & Poole, encouraged by McCarthy & Stone and Churchill, are causing a worrying distortion of the areas demographics which has worrying consequences with a major strain on local health and social care and adverse impact on the local economy. . What Bournemouth & Poole needs is more homes for families and working people and greater emphasis on the creation of skilled jobs paying good wages rather than low paid jobs in care and hospitality. BmthNewshound

6:56pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Reader Echo says...

Looks like the start of the Costa Del Sol skyline.

Another blot on the Poole Landscape.
Looks like the start of the Costa Del Sol skyline. Another blot on the Poole Landscape. Reader Echo

6:59pm Mon 3 Dec 12

markelkins says...

What a horror story. If the Imax development in Bournemouth is being demolished because it blocks out the sea view why allow something 12 storeys high which is going to mess up views in Poole.

Also if people need to sheltered housing then by implication they may not be as mobile as they were. Thus I would have thought ground level accommodation is really what is needed.

All in all the more people that can be packed into one development would appear to correlate to greater profit for the developer.
What a horror story. If the Imax development in Bournemouth is being demolished because it blocks out the sea view why allow something 12 storeys high which is going to mess up views in Poole. Also if people need to sheltered housing then by implication they may not be as mobile as they were. Thus I would have thought ground level accommodation is really what is needed. All in all the more people that can be packed into one development would appear to correlate to greater profit for the developer. markelkins

7:46pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Baywolf says...

Kerching ...local people? Local view ruined? Blott on the landscape? ..nah nuts build it and be damned the council will approve
Kerching ...local people? Local view ruined? Blott on the landscape? ..nah nuts build it and be damned the council will approve Baywolf

7:46pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Baywolf says...

Kerching ...local people? Local view ruined? Blott on the landscape? ..nah nuts build it and be damned the council will approve
Kerching ...local people? Local view ruined? Blott on the landscape? ..nah nuts build it and be damned the council will approve Baywolf

7:47pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Baywolf says...

Kerching ...local people? Local view ruined? Blott on the landscape? ..nah nuts build it and be damned the council will approve
Kerching ...local people? Local view ruined? Blott on the landscape? ..nah nuts build it and be damned the council will approve Baywolf

10:10pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Tig says...

It's going to be hideous. Have a look at the following document on the Council's website (www.poole.gov.uk). You'll have to use Copy and Paste:-
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https://boppa.boroug
hofpoole.com/online-
applications/files/7
0C64FBA0399D6B5DAF64
DD1E22216D7/pdf/APP_
12_01551_F-ELEVATION
S-1201626.pdf
It's going to be hideous. Have a look at the following document on the Council's website (www.poole.gov.uk). You'll have to use Copy and Paste:- . https://boppa.boroug hofpoole.com/online- applications/files/7 0C64FBA0399D6B5DAF64 DD1E22216D7/pdf/APP_ 12_01551_F-ELEVATION S-1201626.pdf Tig

10:21pm Mon 3 Dec 12

billm says...

“We could build using the site’s existing consent today. However, we’re committed to delivering a signature development which positively contributes to the townscape of Poole and raises the bar for local architecture."
If I had not read the above quote from McCarthy &Stone I would definitely have thought the reason for wanting to build 80 flats was because they realised they would make a lot more money doing so rather than using the existing consent and only building 57.
“We could build using the site’s existing consent today. However, we’re committed to delivering a signature development which positively contributes to the townscape of Poole and raises the bar for local architecture." If I had not read the above quote from McCarthy &Stone I would definitely have thought the reason for wanting to build 80 flats was because they realised they would make a lot more money doing so rather than using the existing consent and only building 57. billm

10:27pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Tig says...

And here are some artist's photographic impressions showing what this will look like. Please make an effort to look at this because it's truly awful and will stand out like a sore thumb.

https://boppa.boroug
hofpoole.com/online-
applications/files/3
BF5C019E84B20600BF69
F252157586B/pdf/APP_
12_01551_F-CGI_PHOTO
GRAPHS-1201573.pdf
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Alternatively, if you can't do Copy & Paste, go to Poole Council's website (www.poole.gov.uk), got to A-Z, then 'P', choose Planning Applications & Decisions, then Online Planning Applications Viewer (link in centre of page amongst the text), then in the Search box put '37 Parkstone Road.'
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Click on the Documents tab. Out of the current 55 documents that are showing here, choose the application dated 21st November 2012 (at present it's the top link on the page).
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Click on the CGI Photos link (near the bottom of the page) - this is dated 26 Nov 2012. You should see the very realistic photo images of how the development will look.
And here are some artist's photographic impressions showing what this will look like. Please make an effort to look at this because it's truly awful and will stand out like a sore thumb. https://boppa.boroug hofpoole.com/online- applications/files/3 BF5C019E84B20600BF69 F252157586B/pdf/APP_ 12_01551_F-CGI_PHOTO GRAPHS-1201573.pdf . Alternatively, if you can't do Copy & Paste, go to Poole Council's website (www.poole.gov.uk), got to A-Z, then 'P', choose Planning Applications & Decisions, then Online Planning Applications Viewer (link in centre of page amongst the text), then in the Search box put '37 Parkstone Road.' . Click on the Documents tab. Out of the current 55 documents that are showing here, choose the application dated 21st November 2012 (at present it's the top link on the page). . Click on the CGI Photos link (near the bottom of the page) - this is dated 26 Nov 2012. You should see the very realistic photo images of how the development will look. Tig

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