Construction underway on housing for controversial BCCA site in Boscombe

BRICK IN THE WALL: Cllr Jane Kelly, right, with Bournemouth 2026 trust development manager Debbie Clifton and site manager Dale Miller

BRICK IN THE WALL: Cllr Jane Kelly, right, with Bournemouth 2026 trust development manager Debbie Clifton and site manager Dale Miller

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CONSTRUCTION is now fully under way on a controversial scheme to build new family housing and a creative hub in Boscombe.

The Gladstone Mews housing scheme will provide 11 new affordable houses for people to buy and a hub that will help small businesses in the creative sector.

The scheme was opposed by many residents who did not want to lose the BCCA building that formerly occupied the site.

But Bournemouth council said it had retained the listed part of the former school building and said the scheme would help improve the area.

Cllr Jane Kelly, cabinet member for partnerships and regeneration, said: “It’s great to see the progress being made to transform the site into much-needed housing for the benefit of the community as well as providing a new creative hub to help small businesses grow and flourish.

“Providing more good quality housing in Boscombe is a high priority for this council and it will help redress the balance of the over-supply of private sector rented homes and encourage more people to own their own home in Boscombe.”

Debbie Clifton, Bournemouth 2026 development manager, said Boscombe residents would have first chance to purchase the new homes.

“We’re looking forward to making the Gladstone Mews properties available for local purchase at affordable prices,” she said.

“The houses and bungalow will be available to people who would not be able to afford to buy a similar home on the open market.”

Residents who would like to register an interest can email trust@ bournemouth2026.org.uk

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2:43pm Mon 3 Mar 14

He Touched So Many...... says...

So we can all expect a property millionaire to buy them up and rent them out at rents so high the tenants will need a council tax and housing benefit top up soon then.....
So we can all expect a property millionaire to buy them up and rent them out at rents so high the tenants will need a council tax and housing benefit top up soon then..... He Touched So Many......
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2:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

jinglebell says...

The 3 rooms that remain are only there because the community had them listed with English Heritage; B'mth Council had already passed a decision to demolish them but were stopped in their tracks by the community via English Heritage. How leaving only 3 small rooms will benefit the creative sector or community is hard to envisage.
I see the graduates from both our universities were part of the team that won 7 Oscars yesterday, all these and others are working in the creative industry. We are not talking about people doing a bit of finger painting
The creative industry includes digital and many other sphere, such as designing and making furniture, clothes, textiles, potters, painters, photographers, writers, performers and more. The community also has nowhere for creative work or to just group together - children are using a disused shop once a month; its a **** disgrace and all so very short sighted.
How much will the leases on the houses cost to buy - no one has mentioned this yet?
The 3 rooms that remain are only there because the community had them listed with English Heritage; B'mth Council had already passed a decision to demolish them but were stopped in their tracks by the community via English Heritage. How leaving only 3 small rooms will benefit the creative sector or community is hard to envisage. I see the graduates from both our universities were part of the team that won 7 Oscars yesterday, all these and others are working in the creative industry. We are not talking about people doing a bit of finger painting The creative industry includes digital and many other sphere, such as designing and making furniture, clothes, textiles, potters, painters, photographers, writers, performers and more. The community also has nowhere for creative work or to just group together - children are using a disused shop once a month; its a **** disgrace and all so very short sighted. How much will the leases on the houses cost to buy - no one has mentioned this yet? jinglebell
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4:28pm Mon 3 Mar 14

BmthNewshound says...

"a new creative hub to help small businesses grow and flourish", who comes up with this stuff ?. The small amount of space being devoted to the hub is a token gesture.
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Why are the Council building houses for people to buy when there is a shortage of social housing for people to rent resulting in the Council having to build on a childrens play area in Townsend and people forced to pay rip-off private sector rents.
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"a new creative hub to help small businesses grow and flourish", who comes up with this stuff ?. The small amount of space being devoted to the hub is a token gesture. . Why are the Council building houses for people to buy when there is a shortage of social housing for people to rent resulting in the Council having to build on a childrens play area in Townsend and people forced to pay rip-off private sector rents. . BmthNewshound
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