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Homes could be built on former Gravel Hill police station
UP to 27 new affordable homes could be built on the site of a former police station at Poole.
Included, as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of the site, is the badly needed rebuild of neighbouring Montacute School, which made a successful bid to the Priority School Building Programme for between £4million and £5m.
In planning the refurbishment of the academy school, which is a special school for children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties aged three to 19, the site as a whole is being considered.
This includes the existing school, annexe, swimming pool and former police station site. With the priority to enable a new school on the site, a new community swimming pool is planned at a cost of £490,000, while land adjacent could be developed for housing, council has decided.
The proposal was approved unanimously at a recent meeting of Borough of Poole and draft plans show a further 27 housing units could be built on land currently owned by the council as part of the Lodge Hill site.
“This is an exciting project,” said Cllr Peter Adams, cabinet portfolio holder for health and wellbeing.
“We are hopeful that our negotiations with the police will be successful, as this initiative will not only enable the re-provision of Montacute School but also deliver much needed additional social housing units within the borough.”
If the purchase goes ahead it will be fully funded from developer contributions and other resources the council has set aside for housing.
Rebuild of the school is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 and the council would not develop remaining land until after this is finished.
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