Priest hits out at 'horror' of 109 student flats bid for former sorting office

Bournemouth Echo: Father Bruce Barnes Father Bruce Barnes

A CATHOLIC priest fighting plans to build student flats next to his church home in Bournemouth has labelled the proposed development “a horror story”.

Father Bruce Barnes, the parish priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Richmond Hill, is concerned that residents’ privacy will be shattered if the plans for 109 student flats go ahead.

The proposals seek to demolish the existing five-storey former post sorting office in Albert Road and replace it with shop units, an outdoor terrace and 109 student units for mature foreign language students.

They will go before a planning committee meeting today with a recommendation to refuse.

Father Barnes, who along with another priest resides at the church, said he hoped councillors accepted that recommendation.

He said he was concerned that little consideration had been given to the effect the development would have on them.

“We will be affected by the size of the building, which will be eight storeys high, and according to the plans there will be spiral staircases and windows overlooking our property and garden,” he said.

“There will only be four feet between my back gate and their back entrance. And the garden that separates us is place that people sit, meditate and enjoy quiet times.

“We also run a serenity group for drug and alcohol addicts in rehab. Their anonymity should be safeguarded. Altogether it’s an absolute horror story for those who live next door.”

He added the contemporary plans did nothing to respect the conservation area, which he said was already in a shabby and neglected state.

The applicants Poets LLP were approached for a comment but did not respond.

Town centre councillor Bob Chapman said: “I’m desperately keen to see something happen to that post office building but the scheme has to be right.

“With the exception of Bath Travel, Albert Road is empty. I want to see some redevelopment of the post office sorting office as soon as possible but the question of overlooking the presbytery has to be addressed.”

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2:57pm Mon 17 Dec 12

djd says...

Isn't this the same person who didn't want the homeless shelter in his church ???
Isn't this the same person who didn't want the homeless shelter in his church ??? djd
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3:06pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Horridbloke says...

So this development will:

1) Provide accomodation for twenty or thirty houses worth of students, thereby reducing pressure on Charminster and Winton.

2) Make Bournemouth _slightly_ less desirable to druggies.

I'm struggling to see the problem.
So this development will: 1) Provide accomodation for twenty or thirty houses worth of students, thereby reducing pressure on Charminster and Winton. 2) Make Bournemouth _slightly_ less desirable to druggies. I'm struggling to see the problem. Horridbloke
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3:16pm Mon 17 Dec 12

tricky1007 says...

Horridbloke wrote:
So this development will:

1) Provide accomodation for twenty or thirty houses worth of students, thereby reducing pressure on Charminster and Winton.

2) Make Bournemouth _slightly_ less desirable to druggies.

I'm struggling to see the problem.
wont help winton or charminster this is for foreign student not bournemouth uni students, whether its good or not for bournemouth i am not sure, i think bournemouth is beyond repair!
[quote][p][bold]Horridbloke[/bold] wrote: So this development will: 1) Provide accomodation for twenty or thirty houses worth of students, thereby reducing pressure on Charminster and Winton. 2) Make Bournemouth _slightly_ less desirable to druggies. I'm struggling to see the problem.[/p][/quote]wont help winton or charminster this is for foreign student not bournemouth uni students, whether its good or not for bournemouth i am not sure, i think bournemouth is beyond repair! tricky1007
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3:23pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Duckorange says...

djd wrote:
Isn't this the same person who didn't want the homeless shelter in his church ???
Spotter's Badge.

http://www.bournemou
thecho.co.uk/news/89
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[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Isn't this the same person who didn't want the homeless shelter in his church ???[/p][/quote]Spotter's Badge. http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/89 49777.Church_closes_ door_to_homeless_ser vice/ Duckorange
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4:03pm Mon 17 Dec 12

jobsworthwatch says...

Demolish the church too so as to make way for even more student flats!
Demolish the church too so as to make way for even more student flats! jobsworthwatch
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4:07pm Mon 17 Dec 12

BIGTONE says...

109 community charge incomes.........no brainier.
109 community charge incomes.........no brainier. BIGTONE
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4:49pm Mon 17 Dec 12

SeafaringMan says...

Missed a point here ECHO, his arms aren't even folded!
Missed a point here ECHO, his arms aren't even folded! SeafaringMan
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4:58pm Mon 17 Dec 12

susi.m says...

BIGTONE wrote:
109 community charge incomes.........no brainier.
Students dont pay council tax - they are exempt
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: 109 community charge incomes.........no brainier.[/p][/quote]Students dont pay council tax - they are exempt susi.m
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5:34pm Mon 17 Dec 12

muscliffman says...

SeafaringMan wrote:
Missed a point here ECHO, his arms aren't even folded!
Umm, nearly are, but I notice the photographer either fell down a man hole in the pavement or the priest is about 20' tall.

But who actually cares what these odd men in frocks with their strange beliefs think about anything nowadays - seriously.
[quote][p][bold]SeafaringMan[/bold] wrote: Missed a point here ECHO, his arms aren't even folded![/p][/quote]Umm, nearly are, but I notice the photographer either fell down a man hole in the pavement or the priest is about 20' tall. But who actually cares what these odd men in frocks with their strange beliefs think about anything nowadays - seriously. muscliffman
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5:37pm Mon 17 Dec 12

manyogie says...

Horridbloke wrote:
So this development will:

1) Provide accomodation for twenty or thirty houses worth of students, thereby reducing pressure on Charminster and Winton.

2) Make Bournemouth _slightly_ less desirable to druggies.

I'm struggling to see the problem.
The problem is it's next door to him.
'Love thy neighbour' springs to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Horridbloke[/bold] wrote: So this development will: 1) Provide accomodation for twenty or thirty houses worth of students, thereby reducing pressure on Charminster and Winton. 2) Make Bournemouth _slightly_ less desirable to druggies. I'm struggling to see the problem.[/p][/quote]The problem is it's next door to him. 'Love thy neighbour' springs to mind. manyogie
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6:23pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Letcommonsenseprevail
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6:40pm Mon 17 Dec 12

BIGTONE says...

susi.m wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
109 community charge incomes.........no brainier.
Students dont pay council tax - they are exempt
Never said they did. The landlord will have to pay the equivelent and charge through the rents. So indirectly the students will pay. Either way it's income for jolly o'l risk taking gambling Bournemouth Council.
Money don't speak anymore.............
it screams.......
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: 109 community charge incomes.........no brainier.[/p][/quote]Students dont pay council tax - they are exempt[/p][/quote]Never said they did. The landlord will have to pay the equivelent and charge through the rents. So indirectly the students will pay. Either way it's income for jolly o'l risk taking gambling Bournemouth Council. Money don't speak anymore............. it screams....... BIGTONE
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7:56pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Djsmith8 says...

Let me guess he wants a new primary school like his colleagues over in boscombe...
Let me guess he wants a new primary school like his colleagues over in boscombe... Djsmith8
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8:32pm Mon 17 Dec 12

whataboutthat says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
Demolish the church too so as to make way for even more student flats!
I have a dream that the hundreds of churches in the country are converted into homes. My local church is so huge I reckon you could get 25 households in it. Wahey.
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: Demolish the church too so as to make way for even more student flats![/p][/quote]I have a dream that the hundreds of churches in the country are converted into homes. My local church is so huge I reckon you could get 25 households in it. Wahey. whataboutthat
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8:14am Tue 18 Dec 12

jeebuscripes says...

This priest's attitude doesn't seem to sit well with the teachings of the Christian faith.

That photo makes he look pretty scary too.

If the Catholic church had a PR department they would definitely not have approved this story for publication.
This priest's attitude doesn't seem to sit well with the teachings of the Christian faith. That photo makes he look pretty scary too. If the Catholic church had a PR department they would definitely not have approved this story for publication. jeebuscripes
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8:16am Tue 18 Dec 12

jeebuscripes says...

I also wonder how this priest feels about 'the horror' of The Vatican City and it's ridiculous opulence and gaudy gold fittings, whilst people live in poverty and squalor all over the world.

I would love a response from him.
I also wonder how this priest feels about 'the horror' of The Vatican City and it's ridiculous opulence and gaudy gold fittings, whilst people live in poverty and squalor all over the world. I would love a response from him. jeebuscripes
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11:27am Tue 18 Dec 12

Arthur Maureen says...

Meditate in Bournemouth town centre?

hmmmmmmm
Meditate in Bournemouth town centre? hmmmmmmm Arthur Maureen
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12:48pm Tue 18 Dec 12

casual_observer says...

"“There will only be four feet between my back gate and their back entrance".

Thought that would have been right up the Catholic Church's street!
"“There will only be four feet between my back gate and their back entrance". Thought that would have been right up the Catholic Church's street! casual_observer
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4:34pm Tue 18 Dec 12

snowgoose says...

I attended the Planning Board meeting on 17th December to see the members unanimously throw out the proposal. The problem is that they do not appreciate that development has to be VIABLE ie economically sound otherwise it wont happen. Councillors think that they will wait for an application that ticks all the boxes even in these austere times.These buildings have been vacant and unused for 5 years and are not listed. There is nothing wrong with building new amongst old buildings. Albert road is practically dead and this scheme brings active frontage to street level too.
I attended the Planning Board meeting on 17th December to see the members unanimously throw out the proposal. The problem is that they do not appreciate that development has to be VIABLE ie economically sound otherwise it wont happen. Councillors think that they will wait for an application that ticks all the boxes even in these austere times.These buildings have been vacant and unused for 5 years and are not listed. There is nothing wrong with building new amongst old buildings. Albert road is practically dead and this scheme brings active frontage to street level too. snowgoose
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11:09am Wed 19 Dec 12

Mcfly77 says...

The students may steal his pies
The students may steal his pies Mcfly77
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2:13pm Wed 19 Dec 12

stevobath says...

Good old Catholic values.

Shouldnt he be doing good deeds & helping people instead of stirring up animosity?

What an example to set.
Good old Catholic values. Shouldnt he be doing good deeds & helping people instead of stirring up animosity? What an example to set. stevobath
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8:47am Tue 25 Dec 12

JustaRegularGuy says...

Ah, The Catholic Church. Such a paragon of Christian behaviour. And here we are again, expressing an entirely selfish attitude. Another NIMBY approach which doesn't seem to resonate with anything resembling Christianity. Time to move on I think and do what's right for a majority not one or two very selfish individuals.
Ah, The Catholic Church. Such a paragon of Christian behaviour. And here we are again, expressing an entirely selfish attitude. Another NIMBY approach which doesn't seem to resonate with anything resembling Christianity. Time to move on I think and do what's right for a majority not one or two very selfish individuals. JustaRegularGuy
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