ONE of Poole’s major regeneration sites, which would provide 268 new homes, goes before planners today.
The former Pilkington Tiles site in Blandford Road, Hamworthy goes to Borough of Poole’s planning committee with a recommendation to grant.
Carter’s Quay is one of four sites known collectively as The Regeneration Area, proposals for the 9.8 acre waterfront mixed use development include retail space and offices along with 436 parking spaces.
There would be a new site entrance onto Blandford Road, public open space and landscaping, electricity substation and foul water pumping station.
In June Inland Homes Ltd, responded to comments from a variety of bodies about the port link road, including the highway authority, Borough of Poole conservation officers, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, Vision for Poole Group and Hamside Residents’ Association and made major changes.
“The design of the road has been significantly altered to make it less dominating and a more attractive feature of the scheme,” said Mark Gilpin, planning director.
In her report to the committee, planning officer Caroline Palmer said: “The current proposal meets the market housing need and delivers quality and vitality to the new waterfront through the creation of a new public waterfront and quayside activity space, as well as new business floor space.
“It is acknowledged however, that due to the current viability of the scheme no affordable housing is proposed.”
The Vision for Poole Group, which includes Poole Old Town Residents Association and Hamside Residents Association said the revised plans showed “considerable improvements” to the layout of the port link road.
Chairman Bill Constance said in a letter to the council: “We remain concerned about some of the issues raised by this application, namely the amount of amenity space, the phasing of the proposed public quayside and employment floor space.”
However he said the group no longer objected to the application provided there was public open space provided on site and a detailed phasing and management plan was approved.