Plans for more council homes on “oasis” in Townsend spark objections from residents

Townsend in Bournemouth

Townsend in Bournemouth

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PLANS for more council homes in Townsend have sparked objections from residents who fear it could jeopardise recent improvements in the area.

Bournemouth council is proposing to build four houses on play area land at Cheshire Drive and five houses and a bungalow on land near properties in Jewell Road, Cheshire Drive and Wilkinson Drive.

It says the properties will help address the shortage of affordable housing in Bournemouth and reduce the council house waiting list.

But several residents have objected to the proposals, claiming they could increase existing parking problems and anti-social behaviour, and objecting to the loss of open space.

Anti-social behaviour on Townsend decreased by more than 27 per cent in one year following a concerted campaign to tackle bad behaviour and some residents fear removing areas for children to play and introducing more council tenants could put this improvement at risk.

Chartered town planning consultant James Cain, who has objected on behalf of four property owners, said the council had not assessed the social value of the open space adjacent to the Jewell Road, Cheshire Road and Wilkinson Drive properties, which is an “oasis within the built-up area”.

But Cllr Bob Lawton, cabinet member for housing, said: “There is a severe shortage of affordable housing in Bournemouth and we need to reduce the waiting time on the council housing register for family homes.

“This is a high priority for the council which has made a strong commitment to improve this position by building new high quality affordable homes. “These properties form part of the council’s programme to build 105 affordable homes by the end of March 2015 with grant funding from the Home and Communities Agency. “We need to go through the planning process, which gives the community an opportunity to scrutinise and comment on development proposals.”

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1:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

username is already in use says...

They want to make the area look a slum
They want to make the area look a slum username is already in use
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1:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

TheDistrict says...

Beesley and his predecessors, just have not got a clue. They took away the school at Townsend, meaning that children and parents had to travel out of the are to schools already overfilled, and then reopened a completely new school in Jewel Road. Therefore, it proves that there is a need for open spaces for the children of Townsend to play, taking away small pieces of land to build FOUR houses, just seems a waste of time and space. As for Cllr Lawton, another who does not look into the overal issue of such a move on open space. Lets build four homes in his back garden, or open space. Townsend has improved immensely over the past few years, with the local community doing the most. Why not take away one of the many council run, unused golf courses, why not take away some of the Winter Gardens that never gets used. Leave small community places alone, Mr Beesley the Bournemouth Basher.
Beesley and his predecessors, just have not got a clue. They took away the school at Townsend, meaning that children and parents had to travel out of the are to schools already overfilled, and then reopened a completely new school in Jewel Road. Therefore, it proves that there is a need for open spaces for the children of Townsend to play, taking away small pieces of land to build FOUR houses, just seems a waste of time and space. As for Cllr Lawton, another who does not look into the overal issue of such a move on open space. Lets build four homes in his back garden, or open space. Townsend has improved immensely over the past few years, with the local community doing the most. Why not take away one of the many council run, unused golf courses, why not take away some of the Winter Gardens that never gets used. Leave small community places alone, Mr Beesley the Bournemouth Basher. TheDistrict
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2:09pm Tue 25 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

Could a very dangerous precedent be established if this is allowed to proceed.

Most large housing developments built in Bournemouth since the 1950's have been designed with numerous pockets of pleasant recreational greenery in varying sizes which have remained the responsibility of the Council. How long before someone in our very 'developer friendly' Town Hall starts working out how many very profitable new homes could be squashed onto a 'play area' near any of us - in fact perhaps they already have!
Could a very dangerous precedent be established if this is allowed to proceed. Most large housing developments built in Bournemouth since the 1950's have been designed with numerous pockets of pleasant recreational greenery in varying sizes which have remained the responsibility of the Council. How long before someone in our very 'developer friendly' Town Hall starts working out how many very profitable new homes could be squashed onto a 'play area' near any of us - in fact perhaps they already have! muscliffman
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2:16pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Bonjovigirl says...

Cheeky sods moaning about council housing, when Townsend was first built all house's on there were council, I know as I lived there, the trouble started when people were allowed to buy their houses, leaving a shortage in council houses !
Cheeky sods moaning about council housing, when Townsend was first built all house's on there were council, I know as I lived there, the trouble started when people were allowed to buy their houses, leaving a shortage in council houses ! Bonjovigirl
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2:41pm Tue 25 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

Whilst there is a shortage of affordable housing in the town and a shortage of suitable sites Council policy is making the position worse. The Council has given priority to the building of student and retirement accommodation over the need to build affordable homes. Town centre car parks are being sold off to build apartments which are well beyond the means of most local people.
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It seems to be hypocritical that whilst the Council is recognising the importance of green space in Boscombe, with money having been spent on Churchill Gardens the Boscombe Crescent, whilst green space used for recreation in another part of the town is seen as being suitable for development.
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It seems that the Council are happy for ordinary people to live in high density housing ghettos without access to open space but fight tooth and nail to protect leafy Talbot Woods and Queens Park from future development.
Whilst there is a shortage of affordable housing in the town and a shortage of suitable sites Council policy is making the position worse. The Council has given priority to the building of student and retirement accommodation over the need to build affordable homes. Town centre car parks are being sold off to build apartments which are well beyond the means of most local people. . It seems to be hypocritical that whilst the Council is recognising the importance of green space in Boscombe, with money having been spent on Churchill Gardens the Boscombe Crescent, whilst green space used for recreation in another part of the town is seen as being suitable for development. . It seems that the Council are happy for ordinary people to live in high density housing ghettos without access to open space but fight tooth and nail to protect leafy Talbot Woods and Queens Park from future development. BmthNewshound
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1:51am Thu 27 Feb 14

Redgolfer says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Whilst there is a shortage of affordable housing in the town and a shortage of suitable sites Council policy is making the position worse. The Council has given priority to the building of student and retirement accommodation over the need to build affordable homes. Town centre car parks are being sold off to build apartments which are well beyond the means of most local people.
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It seems to be hypocritical that whilst the Council is recognising the importance of green space in Boscombe, with money having been spent on Churchill Gardens the Boscombe Crescent, whilst green space used for recreation in another part of the town is seen as being suitable for development.
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It seems that the Council are happy for ordinary people to live in high density housing ghettos without access to open space but fight tooth and nail to protect leafy Talbot Woods and Queens Park from future development.
I hear where you are coming from BmthNewshound, not sure about leafy Talbot Woods having any spare lane except round Talbot School but Queen's Park, the council have been eyeing up but the TROUBLE is that it was given to the Town as a PUBLIC OPEN SPACE for all to enjoy, one of the 5 park charities, let them try to build on there, its been open space for a long time.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Whilst there is a shortage of affordable housing in the town and a shortage of suitable sites Council policy is making the position worse. The Council has given priority to the building of student and retirement accommodation over the need to build affordable homes. Town centre car parks are being sold off to build apartments which are well beyond the means of most local people. . It seems to be hypocritical that whilst the Council is recognising the importance of green space in Boscombe, with money having been spent on Churchill Gardens the Boscombe Crescent, whilst green space used for recreation in another part of the town is seen as being suitable for development. . It seems that the Council are happy for ordinary people to live in high density housing ghettos without access to open space but fight tooth and nail to protect leafy Talbot Woods and Queens Park from future development.[/p][/quote]I hear where you are coming from BmthNewshound, not sure about leafy Talbot Woods having any spare lane except round Talbot School but Queen's Park, the council have been eyeing up but the TROUBLE is that it was given to the Town as a PUBLIC OPEN SPACE for all to enjoy, one of the 5 park charities, let them try to build on there, its been open space for a long time. Redgolfer
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4:18am Thu 27 Feb 14

portia6 says...

Why do the council allow family homes to be sold when so many young
people are on the waiting list for a home?
Why do the council allow family homes to be sold when so many young people are on the waiting list for a home? portia6
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