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Boscombe parade to get £3million facelift thanks to DWP Housing Partnership
DORSET’S biggest private landlord intends to invest more than £3million redeveloping an entire street block in Boscombe.
DWP Housing Partnership, formerly Dave Wells Properties, intends to start work demolishing and rebuilding a row of shops and flats in 2015.
Bournemouth council has twice refused plans to redevelop the block – firstly in 2008 when the plans were for affordable housing and again in 2012 when the affordable housing element was removed – but the council has twice had their decisions overturned by a government planning inspector.
In this latest appeal, the inspector concluded: “It would replace the existing parade, which is somewhat rundown in terms of its appearance, with new shops and would thereby add to the vibrancy of Boscombe.”
The scheme is for a section of Christchurch Road between Wolverton Road and Gloucester Road.
The block will be pulled down and entirely rebuilt with purpose-built accommodation above eight new shops.
A total of 12 parking spaces will be provided for the occupants of the flats.
When completed, the four-storey block will bring an entirely new look to the current street view.
Steve Wells, from DWP Housing Partnership, said: “We’ve owned this block for some time and we’re relieved we finally have permission to redevelop it. What’s there is not a good use of space and the replacement will transform the road and will enhance the look of this part of town.
“We are committed to help regenerate Boscombe and continuing to invest in this scheme.”
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