Dave Wells loses appeal over flats development in Boscombe

Bournemouth Echo: LOST OUT: Dave Wells, pictured, has had his housing idea turned down by the Council Planning Board after it went to appeal LOST OUT: Dave Wells, pictured, has had his housing idea turned down by the Council Planning Board after it went to appeal

BOURNEMOUTH’S biggest private landlord has lost an appeal to build 20 houses and three flats in the Boscombe East area.

The council’s planning board gave Dave Wells outline approval for the £1 million development in Southwick Road and Warnford Road.

But after he went back to the drawing board and came up with a different lay-out, with vehicle access off Warnford Road, an inspector rejected the scheme. Mr Wells’ bid for costs against Bournemouth council also failed.

The original plans for the site, incorporating commercial buildings, storage and a scrap yard, sparked a wave of protest from neighbouring residents who won backing from local councillors.

Planning board members voiced fears about the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the area as well as concerns that the layout would increase crime and deter cyclists and walkers.

Planning inspector Robert Marshall said: “Permission already exists for this scale of development on the appeal site, albeit on a different layout with the sole vehicular access off Southwick Road.

“The current application has been submitted to overcome constraints found to exist due to an underground electricity cable along the southern boundary of the site.”

The inspector said a proposed footpath from Southwick Road would “not be a pleasant route to use, adding: “Those using it, especially at night time, may feel vulnerable and be exposed to crime. It is concluded that the layout of the proposed development would give rise to crime and the fear of crime.”

Bournemouth planning board vice-chairman Cllr Ron Whittaker, pictured, said: “Dave Wells has to listen and learn lessons; he just can’t change applications.

Bournemouth Echo:

“He must take into account residents’ concerns and talk to planning officers before submitting applications.”

In a statement on behalf of DWP Housing Partnership, Dave’s son Steve Wells said: “Obviously we are disappointed but intend to submit new plans.

“We are determined to continue building much-needed social housing in Bournemouth.”

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12:27pm Wed 13 Feb 13

BmthNewshound says...

The Planning Inspector said "Those using it( footpath from Southwick Road), especially at night time, may feel vulnerable and be exposed to crime."
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The same could be said for much of Boscombe so Wells could argue that the development was in keeping with the character of the area.
The Planning Inspector said "Those using it( footpath from Southwick Road), especially at night time, may feel vulnerable and be exposed to crime." . The same could be said for much of Boscombe so Wells could argue that the development was in keeping with the character of the area. BmthNewshound

12:31pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Morrigan says...

Good old Dave - still trying to cram in as many tiny rabbit hutches onto plots of land and now a scrap yard?

Ye Gods! Now his tenants won't even have to leave their own street to weigh in their scrap metals ....... kinda proves the point of the tenancy he aims for :o/
Good old Dave - still trying to cram in as many tiny rabbit hutches onto plots of land and now a scrap yard? Ye Gods! Now his tenants won't even have to leave their own street to weigh in their scrap metals ....... kinda proves the point of the tenancy he aims for :o/ Morrigan

12:49pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Browser123 says...

Echo headline states Boscombe but this
development is right down Pokesdown Hill almost at Iford. Is a nice area, no wonder residents don`t want a scrap yard.
Echo headline states Boscombe but this development is right down Pokesdown Hill almost at Iford. Is a nice area, no wonder residents don`t want a scrap yard. Browser123

1:04pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Redgolfer says...

It is a scrap yard at the moment next to railway line.
It is a scrap yard at the moment next to railway line. Redgolfer

1:37pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Hardy Lass says...

I suppose he could sponsor another election!!!
I suppose he could sponsor another election!!! Hardy Lass

1:58pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Bob49 says...

can't ever remember that part of town being refered to as Boscombe

still, 'Boscombe' makes for a good headline so why worry about accuracy

ps I like the bit from the council planning board vice chairman "He must take into account residents’ concerns "


I think the words pot and kettle spring to mind here.
can't ever remember that part of town being refered to as Boscombe still, 'Boscombe' makes for a good headline so why worry about accuracy ps I like the bit from the council planning board vice chairman "He must take into account residents’ concerns " I think the words pot and kettle spring to mind here. Bob49

2:17pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Lord Spring says...

Redgolfer wrote:
It is a scrap yard at the moment next to railway line.
It will now get ever bigger
[quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: It is a scrap yard at the moment next to railway line.[/p][/quote]It will now get ever bigger Lord Spring

5:29pm Wed 13 Feb 13

moorsman70 says...

i find whatever view wells has on anything,i tend to take the opposite view
i find whatever view wells has on anything,i tend to take the opposite view moorsman70

5:41pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Gary Sherborne says...

What ever happened in the story of unlawful payments to consultants, Bournemouth Housing officers moonlighting as property maintenance teams? being paid double bubble?
Audit & Governance. We do not forget. Expect us.
What ever happened in the story of unlawful payments to consultants, Bournemouth Housing officers moonlighting as property maintenance teams? being paid double bubble? Audit & Governance. We do not forget. Expect us. Gary Sherborne

6:11pm Wed 13 Feb 13

verityvita says...

Gary Sherborne wrote:
Bournemouth Borough Council are running a muck. This conservative zionist cabinet led administration is full of holes at every level. The planning board and all the other boards representing the citizens of Bournemouth are not fit to manage the public interests.
'This zionist.... cabinet'
Urrrg,what a nasty, ignorant, racist little comment in this post, I can almost see your computer screen covered in spittle, yuk!
[quote][p][bold]Gary Sherborne[/bold] wrote: Bournemouth Borough Council are running a muck. This conservative zionist cabinet led administration is full of holes at every level. The planning board and all the other boards representing the citizens of Bournemouth are not fit to manage the public interests.[/p][/quote]'This zionist.... cabinet' Urrrg,what a nasty, ignorant, racist little comment in this post, I can almost see your computer screen covered in spittle, yuk! verityvita

10:26pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Southwick Rebel says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
The Planning Inspector said "Those using it( footpath from Southwick Road), especially at night time, may feel vulnerable and be exposed to crime."
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The same could be said for much of Boscombe so Wells could argue that the development was in keeping with the character of the area.
Errrr have to say Boscombe East is a long way away from Boscombe and very different ...!
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: The Planning Inspector said "Those using it( footpath from Southwick Road), especially at night time, may feel vulnerable and be exposed to crime." . The same could be said for much of Boscombe so Wells could argue that the development was in keeping with the character of the area.[/p][/quote]Errrr have to say Boscombe East is a long way away from Boscombe and very different ...! Southwick Rebel

10:31pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Southwick Rebel says...

Since when has D Wells applied for planning permission for a Scrap Yard ? For the last 12 years all planning applications have been for houses and flats ? Please Echo get your facts right ! Think that rumour is just a scare tactic !
Since when has D Wells applied for planning permission for a Scrap Yard ? For the last 12 years all planning applications have been for houses and flats ? Please Echo get your facts right ! Think that rumour is just a scare tactic ! Southwick Rebel

10:32pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Southwick Rebel says...

Since when has D Wells applied for planning permission for a Scrap Yard ? For the last 12 years all planning applications have been for houses and flats ? Please Echo get your facts right ! Think that rumour is just a scare tactic !
Since when has D Wells applied for planning permission for a Scrap Yard ? For the last 12 years all planning applications have been for houses and flats ? Please Echo get your facts right ! Think that rumour is just a scare tactic ! Southwick Rebel

11:02am Thu 14 Feb 13

loftusrod says...

Does anyone actually know where Boscombe East is?
I've never seen it on a map or signpost.
...or is it just Pokesdown?
Does anyone actually know where Boscombe East is? I've never seen it on a map or signpost. ...or is it just Pokesdown? loftusrod

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