Boscombe parade to get £3million facelift thanks to DWP Housing Partnership

Bournemouth Echo: ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: How the redeveloped area will look ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: How the redeveloped area will look

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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12:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

madras says...

The headline 'Boscombe parade to get £3million facelift thanks to Dave Wells Properties' is highly misleading - it's a £3m investment by Dave Wells properties, presumably to make money for Dave Wells properties

I have no problem with development - but please don't let the headline foo people into thinking this is a £3m 'charitable' donation!
The headline 'Boscombe parade to get £3million facelift thanks to Dave Wells Properties' is highly misleading - it's a £3m investment by Dave Wells properties, presumably to make money for Dave Wells properties I have no problem with development - but please don't let the headline foo people into thinking this is a £3m 'charitable' donation! madras

12:17pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Talk about high density.
Talk about high density. Telscombe Cliffy

12:52pm Mon 9 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

At least the £3m that Dave Wells is investing will result in something tangible and provide much needed affordable homes. This is a lot more than can be said for the £millions of taxpayers money Bournemouth Council have spent on regeneration in Boscombe .
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Where has the £millions spent on Boscombe Regeneration gone ? Who has really benefitted from regeneration in the area ?
At least the £3m that Dave Wells is investing will result in something tangible and provide much needed affordable homes. This is a lot more than can be said for the £millions of taxpayers money Bournemouth Council have spent on regeneration in Boscombe . . Where has the £millions spent on Boscombe Regeneration gone ? Who has really benefitted from regeneration in the area ? BmthNewshound

12:57pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Markmag says...

Every Dave Wells development with shops I've seen have been badly designed - step entrances etc., shop element too small for almost any operator. Almost as if the design has been to fit the maximum number of flats in and throw in token shop space to allow development to be approved. I hope that's not the case here.
Every Dave Wells development with shops I've seen have been badly designed - step entrances etc., shop element too small for almost any operator. Almost as if the design has been to fit the maximum number of flats in and throw in token shop space to allow development to be approved. I hope that's not the case here. Markmag

1:02pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Townee says...

12 parking spaces but how many flats?
12 parking spaces but how many flats? Townee

1:03pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Markmag says...

In fact from the artist's impression you can see the shops (at least the one on the end but I suspect all) are not fit for purpose - they are a few metres deep only and behind that flats. They provide a shop front and that's it. Effectively market stall size. Basically this is taking out a run down (who run it down?) parade of shops and replacing them with flats with 8 token glass windows revealing a concrete wall 4 metres back. Probably after a few years of them not being occupied he'll get permission to turn them into garages.
In fact from the artist's impression you can see the shops (at least the one on the end but I suspect all) are not fit for purpose - they are a few metres deep only and behind that flats. They provide a shop front and that's it. Effectively market stall size. Basically this is taking out a run down (who run it down?) parade of shops and replacing them with flats with 8 token glass windows revealing a concrete wall 4 metres back. Probably after a few years of them not being occupied he'll get permission to turn them into garages. Markmag

2:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Voguelady says...

I totally agree with BmthNewshound not only is DWP Housing Partnership providing the community with more Affordable Housing Accommodation but also a large amount of money is being spent on refurbishing existing older properties. So come on give DWP Housing Partnership a break !!!

Who else is helping the Local Housing situation ?
I totally agree with BmthNewshound not only is DWP Housing Partnership providing the community with more Affordable Housing Accommodation but also a large amount of money is being spent on refurbishing existing older properties. So come on give DWP Housing Partnership a break !!! Who else is helping the Local Housing situation ? Voguelady

2:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Boscombe does not need more empty shops and certainly no more high density blocks of flats. I would far sooner see the original lower level Victorian buildings refurbished here and revert to their original purpose as large decent family homes - that really would be desirable regeneration.

However once big money gets into our planning process we all know how loudly it talks.
Boscombe does not need more empty shops and certainly no more high density blocks of flats. I would far sooner see the original lower level Victorian buildings refurbished here and revert to their original purpose as large decent family homes - that really would be desirable regeneration. However once big money gets into our planning process we all know how loudly it talks. muscliffman

4:14pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Bob49 says...

Voguelady wrote:
I totally agree with BmthNewshound not only is DWP Housing Partnership providing the community with more Affordable Housing Accommodation but also a large amount of money is being spent on refurbishing existing older properties. So come on give DWP Housing Partnership a break !!!

Who else is helping the Local Housing situation ?
There is the rather disturbing thought that the above post is not a wind up
[quote][p][bold]Voguelady[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with BmthNewshound not only is DWP Housing Partnership providing the community with more Affordable Housing Accommodation but also a large amount of money is being spent on refurbishing existing older properties. So come on give DWP Housing Partnership a break !!! Who else is helping the Local Housing situation ?[/p][/quote]There is the rather disturbing thought that the above post is not a wind up Bob49

6:29pm Mon 9 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

So when are we going to see the £1 coin meters replaced and properties brought up to standard.

The rents are set well above the local housing allowance and there is no sustainablity in tenants. Its very transient.

This is not to benefit Boscombe but to benefit Dave Wells Properties.if they was as quick at maintenance as what they are collecting the rent they be miracle workers..

Suggestion go through one ear and out the other and there is no imput by tenants.The reality is, is that tenants are there because they have no choice but they are like a 'chinese proverb' always searching.
So when are we going to see the £1 coin meters replaced and properties brought up to standard. The rents are set well above the local housing allowance and there is no sustainablity in tenants. Its very transient. This is not to benefit Boscombe but to benefit Dave Wells Properties.if they was as quick at maintenance as what they are collecting the rent they be miracle workers.. Suggestion go through one ear and out the other and there is no imput by tenants.The reality is, is that tenants are there because they have no choice but they are like a 'chinese proverb' always searching. politicaltrainspotter

6:38pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Huey says...

Think about a Boscombe without all the rehab and drying out centres and flophouses and halfway houses, and those who dwell within such places.
Imagine if the lovely old Victorian facades were all repaired and painted, the brickwork repointed, and the council protected them, and all new developments, via strict planning laws.
The shops and remaining hotels would become more up market, and the area would become very attractive to live in. Property prices would increase. Tourists would return. Businesses would thrive, instead of just the bookies, off licences and second hand shops that infest the high street right now.
Like westbourne, but on a larger scale.
That is what the council should be working toward. Investing in our town, not Dave wells.
Instead a once great suburb of the town is used as a dumping ground by an inept bunch of fools in the town hall.
Such a shame, boscombe has such potential, look hard enough and you can just about see it.
Think about a Boscombe without all the rehab and drying out centres and flophouses and halfway houses, and those who dwell within such places. Imagine if the lovely old Victorian facades were all repaired and painted, the brickwork repointed, and the council protected them, and all new developments, via strict planning laws. The shops and remaining hotels would become more up market, and the area would become very attractive to live in. Property prices would increase. Tourists would return. Businesses would thrive, instead of just the bookies, off licences and second hand shops that infest the high street right now. Like westbourne, but on a larger scale. That is what the council should be working toward. Investing in our town, not Dave wells. Instead a once great suburb of the town is used as a dumping ground by an inept bunch of fools in the town hall. Such a shame, boscombe has such potential, look hard enough and you can just about see it. Huey

6:45pm Mon 9 Dec 13

susi.m says...

Are more shops needed?
Do people think this will suddenly make Boscombe a decent place?
Are more shops needed? Do people think this will suddenly make Boscombe a decent place? susi.m

9:12pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Terry Jerrard Himself says...

It is strange that this sort of article attracts mostly negative comments and yet a letter of mine printed a week ago about a personal visit to Boscombe where I did not come across any of what the usual anti-boscombe clan like to portray had no comments at all. It does make one wonder if these people understand the difference between fact and fiction.
It is strange that this sort of article attracts mostly negative comments and yet a letter of mine printed a week ago about a personal visit to Boscombe where I did not come across any of what the usual anti-boscombe clan like to portray had no comments at all. It does make one wonder if these people understand the difference between fact and fiction. Terry Jerrard Himself

9:22pm Mon 9 Dec 13

MrsRuggaball says...

Just what Boscombe needs - more rabbit hutch flats, hardly any parking spaces and retail accommodation where there are already many empty shops. Given Dave Wells reputation and my observation of many of his properties the flats are unlikely to remain well maintained, and will cause problems for other local residents. Shame that the government hasn't listened to the local council who have turned down the application already and overruled the views of local people. What does Pickles have to say about that???
Just what Boscombe needs - more rabbit hutch flats, hardly any parking spaces and retail accommodation where there are already many empty shops. Given Dave Wells reputation and my observation of many of his properties the flats are unlikely to remain well maintained, and will cause problems for other local residents. Shame that the government hasn't listened to the local council who have turned down the application already and overruled the views of local people. What does Pickles have to say about that??? MrsRuggaball

9:39pm Mon 9 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Huey wrote:
Think about a Boscombe without all the rehab and drying out centres and flophouses and halfway houses, and those who dwell within such places.
Imagine if the lovely old Victorian facades were all repaired and painted, the brickwork repointed, and the council protected them, and all new developments, via strict planning laws.
The shops and remaining hotels would become more up market, and the area would become very attractive to live in. Property prices would increase. Tourists would return. Businesses would thrive, instead of just the bookies, off licences and second hand shops that infest the high street right now.
Like westbourne, but on a larger scale.
That is what the council should be working toward. Investing in our town, not Dave wells.
Instead a once great suburb of the town is used as a dumping ground by an inept bunch of fools in the town hall.
Such a shame, boscombe has such potential, look hard enough and you can just about see it.
Totally agree, except for " bunch of fools in the town hall", because I think you may find some of them know exactly what they are doing - and that is the problem!
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Think about a Boscombe without all the rehab and drying out centres and flophouses and halfway houses, and those who dwell within such places. Imagine if the lovely old Victorian facades were all repaired and painted, the brickwork repointed, and the council protected them, and all new developments, via strict planning laws. The shops and remaining hotels would become more up market, and the area would become very attractive to live in. Property prices would increase. Tourists would return. Businesses would thrive, instead of just the bookies, off licences and second hand shops that infest the high street right now. Like westbourne, but on a larger scale. That is what the council should be working toward. Investing in our town, not Dave wells. Instead a once great suburb of the town is used as a dumping ground by an inept bunch of fools in the town hall. Such a shame, boscombe has such potential, look hard enough and you can just about see it.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, except for " bunch of fools in the town hall", because I think you may find some of them know exactly what they are doing - and that is the problem! muscliffman

11:49pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Bob49 says...

Terry Jerrard Himself wrote:
It is strange that this sort of article attracts mostly negative comments and yet a letter of mine printed a week ago about a personal visit to Boscombe where I did not come across any of what the usual anti-boscombe clan like to portray had no comments at all. It does make one wonder if these people understand the difference between fact and fiction.
negative posts ? I would say there is only one, and yours, that would fut that bill. The rest are folk who want to see Boscombe improve, not driven further down the road of decay.

Maybe if you lived there or close by you would see the problems ( I am intrigued what a personal visit is, as opposed to just a visit).

As stated above all these places will be is further crowded housing for those with drink and drug problems, as those are the ideal tenants as the landlord can claim the maximum housing benefit from the council whilst providing the minimum is housing - and virtually no cleaning and maintenance of those properties.

Boscombe needs to stop importing 'problem' tenants. It needs the council to stop paying high rents for squalid housing. The housing stock should be brought up to a higher standard - which can and will be done by the paying housing benefit related to the standard of the housing.

That way decent tenants and owners will return and the place will regenerate itself. It's a shame that folk like Terry Jerrard don't appear to want the best for Boscombe, but at least he may know recognise there are a fair few who do.
[quote][p][bold]Terry Jerrard Himself[/bold] wrote: It is strange that this sort of article attracts mostly negative comments and yet a letter of mine printed a week ago about a personal visit to Boscombe where I did not come across any of what the usual anti-boscombe clan like to portray had no comments at all. It does make one wonder if these people understand the difference between fact and fiction.[/p][/quote]negative posts ? I would say there is only one, and yours, that would fut that bill. The rest are folk who want to see Boscombe improve, not driven further down the road of decay. Maybe if you lived there or close by you would see the problems ( I am intrigued what a personal visit is, as opposed to just a visit). As stated above all these places will be is further crowded housing for those with drink and drug problems, as those are the ideal tenants as the landlord can claim the maximum housing benefit from the council whilst providing the minimum is housing - and virtually no cleaning and maintenance of those properties. Boscombe needs to stop importing 'problem' tenants. It needs the council to stop paying high rents for squalid housing. The housing stock should be brought up to a higher standard - which can and will be done by the paying housing benefit related to the standard of the housing. That way decent tenants and owners will return and the place will regenerate itself. It's a shame that folk like Terry Jerrard don't appear to want the best for Boscombe, but at least he may know recognise there are a fair few who do. Bob49

9:51am Tue 10 Dec 13

Stuart_Lane says...

Just a small observation, but it made me laugh to see the property on the right of the artist's impression still has sun reaching it and the shadow from the building only went up by a couple of meters!
Just a small observation, but it made me laugh to see the property on the right of the artist's impression still has sun reaching it and the shadow from the building only went up by a couple of meters! Stuart_Lane

4:22pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Terry Jerrard Himself says...

Bob49 wrote:
Terry Jerrard Himself wrote:
It is strange that this sort of article attracts mostly negative comments and yet a letter of mine printed a week ago about a personal visit to Boscombe where I did not come across any of what the usual anti-boscombe clan like to portray had no comments at all. It does make one wonder if these people understand the difference between fact and fiction.
negative posts ? I would say there is only one, and yours, that would fut that bill. The rest are folk who want to see Boscombe improve, not driven further down the road of decay.

Maybe if you lived there or close by you would see the problems ( I am intrigued what a personal visit is, as opposed to just a visit).

As stated above all these places will be is further crowded housing for those with drink and drug problems, as those are the ideal tenants as the landlord can claim the maximum housing benefit from the council whilst providing the minimum is housing - and virtually no cleaning and maintenance of those properties.

Boscombe needs to stop importing 'problem' tenants. It needs the council to stop paying high rents for squalid housing. The housing stock should be brought up to a higher standard - which can and will be done by the paying housing benefit related to the standard of the housing.

That way decent tenants and owners will return and the place will regenerate itself. It's a shame that folk like Terry Jerrard don't appear to want the best for Boscombe, but at least he may know recognise there are a fair few who do.
Didn't read the letter then or decided because it contained facts that totally goes against some of the stories conjured up on here best ignore it.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Terry Jerrard Himself[/bold] wrote: It is strange that this sort of article attracts mostly negative comments and yet a letter of mine printed a week ago about a personal visit to Boscombe where I did not come across any of what the usual anti-boscombe clan like to portray had no comments at all. It does make one wonder if these people understand the difference between fact and fiction.[/p][/quote]negative posts ? I would say there is only one, and yours, that would fut that bill. The rest are folk who want to see Boscombe improve, not driven further down the road of decay. Maybe if you lived there or close by you would see the problems ( I am intrigued what a personal visit is, as opposed to just a visit). As stated above all these places will be is further crowded housing for those with drink and drug problems, as those are the ideal tenants as the landlord can claim the maximum housing benefit from the council whilst providing the minimum is housing - and virtually no cleaning and maintenance of those properties. Boscombe needs to stop importing 'problem' tenants. It needs the council to stop paying high rents for squalid housing. The housing stock should be brought up to a higher standard - which can and will be done by the paying housing benefit related to the standard of the housing. That way decent tenants and owners will return and the place will regenerate itself. It's a shame that folk like Terry Jerrard don't appear to want the best for Boscombe, but at least he may know recognise there are a fair few who do.[/p][/quote]Didn't read the letter then or decided because it contained facts that totally goes against some of the stories conjured up on here best ignore it. Terry Jerrard Himself

1:45pm Sat 4 Jan 14

I like balance says...

Thank you so much DWP - altruistic to the end - destroy yet another historical frontage rather than restoring - and replace it with yet more rabbit hutch housing - just what Boscombe really needs
Thank you so much DWP - altruistic to the end - destroy yet another historical frontage rather than restoring - and replace it with yet more rabbit hutch housing - just what Boscombe really needs I like balance

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