Plans to build flats and multi-storey car park to go before Bournemouth councillors

HOUSING: Berry Court car park could be transformed into 100 homes and a multi-storey car park

HOUSING: Berry Court car park could be transformed into 100 homes and a multi-storey car park

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PROPOSALS to redevelop another town centre car park as part of Bournemouth’s Town Centre Vision will go before councillors this month.

Plans to build a 228-space multi-storey car park and up to 100 homes on Berry Court car park were due to go before cabinet members in March but were deferred for a month.

Council leader John Beesley said the issue was deferred because they wanted more information on the detail of the proposals.

In the Bournemouth Development Company’s business plan, the site is officially designated as suitable for flats, a car park or a possible care facility.

Bournemouth council is particularly keen to encourage more people to live in the town centre, in the hope it will boost the economy.

It estimates that for every extra 200 people living in the town centre, there is an additional spend in the town of £1million.

If approved by cabinet members, the scheme will be developed by the Bournemouth Development Company – an equal partnership between the council and Morgan Sindall Investments.

Berry Court is part of phase two of the Town Centre Vision, along with Durley Road and St Stephen’s.

Phase one – which consisted of three development projects at Leyton Mount and Madeira Road – is almost complete.

Council leader John Beesley said: “Bournemouth is starting to reap the rewards of the Bournemouth Development Company, our equal partnership with Morgan Sindall Investments.

“With the addition of Berry Court, we are entering the next phase of development which will mean we can accelerate our delivery of new homes in Bournemouth.

“These are desperately needed, but we will not lose public parking which is so vital to workers in this area.”

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12:06pm Fri 4 Apr 14

chris100 says...

Ware the **** are people meant to park if this **** is selling all our car parks
Ware the **** are people meant to park if this **** is selling all our car parks chris100
  • Score: -6

12:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

And this is being done to provide more homes in 'Bournemouth'. Bo loox, it is being done to help developers make a killing - a killing that will see a fair amount in 'consultancy fees' paid.

Noddy train loss................
.... the end of the world

Town centre being looted ....................
........ not a murmur.
And this is being done to provide more homes in 'Bournemouth'. Bo loox, it is being done to help developers make a killing - a killing that will see a fair amount in 'consultancy fees' paid. Noddy train loss................ .... the end of the world Town centre being looted .................... ........ not a murmur. Bob49
  • Score: -1

1:22pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Branksome snail says...

for once, just once, it would be nice if this now awful awful hysteria whipping newspaper did something useful and did some investigative reporting on the complexities of this partnership
for once, just once, it would be nice if this now awful awful hysteria whipping newspaper did something useful and did some investigative reporting on the complexities of this partnership Branksome snail
  • Score: 7

1:59pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ragj195 says...

The concept of a town center is dead. Most car parks are empty because there are far easier ways to shop, than to trek from shop to shop in the rain looking at limited stock in cramped shops. Like it or not the council are aware of this and are therefore looking at alternative uses for the land. Makes complete sense to me.

20 years ago you couldn't move it was so busy walking around town on a Saturday afternoon. Now, apart from a few months in the summer the town center is pretty dead 7 days a week. There is absolutely nothing they can do to rewind history and how shopping has evolved. What else can they build on this car park that would attract investment apart from homes that may be cheap enough that someone just might be crazy enough to want to live there.

We're a family a of four with two young children. I spend fair bit each month on all of us but I can't think of one reason why I would go to the town center to shop for anything. They could let me park right in the middle of the dam square and I still wouldn't go.
The concept of a town center is dead. Most car parks are empty because there are far easier ways to shop, than to trek from shop to shop in the rain looking at limited stock in cramped shops. Like it or not the council are aware of this and are therefore looking at alternative uses for the land. Makes complete sense to me. 20 years ago you couldn't move it was so busy walking around town on a Saturday afternoon. Now, apart from a few months in the summer the town center is pretty dead 7 days a week. There is absolutely nothing they can do to rewind history and how shopping has evolved. What else can they build on this car park that would attract investment apart from homes that may be cheap enough that someone just might be crazy enough to want to live there. We're a family a of four with two young children. I spend fair bit each month on all of us but I can't think of one reason why I would go to the town center to shop for anything. They could let me park right in the middle of the dam square and I still wouldn't go. ragj195
  • Score: -3

2:44pm Fri 4 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

Its not and matter of "if" the plans are approved by cabinet. Beesley is clearly in favour and therefore the plans will be passed.
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No doubt the proposed flats will be priced beyond the means of local people. What is shocking about Beesleys town centre vision is that it is designed to benefit property developers before local residents or the economy. To be successful Bournemouth needs a diverse and skills based economy, not one built of minimum wage jobs. Beesley has done very little to make Bournemouth attractive to business whilst other towns and cities and pulling out all the stops to develop their economies.
Its not and matter of "if" the plans are approved by cabinet. Beesley is clearly in favour and therefore the plans will be passed. . No doubt the proposed flats will be priced beyond the means of local people. What is shocking about Beesleys town centre vision is that it is designed to benefit property developers before local residents or the economy. To be successful Bournemouth needs a diverse and skills based economy, not one built of minimum wage jobs. Beesley has done very little to make Bournemouth attractive to business whilst other towns and cities and pulling out all the stops to develop their economies. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 2

3:01pm Fri 4 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

we can accelerate our delivery of new homes in Bournemouth.........
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WOW! The word affordable is missing. What happened there?
we can accelerate our delivery of new homes in Bournemouth......... . WOW! The word affordable is missing. What happened there? BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

3:51pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Maiseymo says...

As a town centre resident I am appalled at the poor design of the modern architecture of recently built buildings in the town. Madeira Road is a classic example - absolutely hideous within the sight line of residences opposite. Far from being a "Vision" it is an absolute nightmare. Tacky and lacking any class.
As a town centre resident I am appalled at the poor design of the modern architecture of recently built buildings in the town. Madeira Road is a classic example - absolutely hideous within the sight line of residences opposite. Far from being a "Vision" it is an absolute nightmare. Tacky and lacking any class. Maiseymo
  • Score: 3

7:53pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Phixer says...

chris100 wrote:
Ware the **** are people meant to park if this **** is selling all our car parks
Engage brain before opening mouth.

"Plans to build a 228-space multi-storey car park ...."

How about parking in the car park?
[quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Ware the **** are people meant to park if this **** is selling all our car parks[/p][/quote]Engage brain before opening mouth. "Plans to build a 228-space multi-storey car park ...." How about parking in the car park? Phixer
  • Score: 2

7:54pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Phixer says...

Branksome snail wrote:
for once, just once, it would be nice if this now awful awful hysteria whipping newspaper did something useful and did some investigative reporting on the complexities of this partnership
Steady on now, you'll have the young Echo cubs choking on their shandy. Its Friday lunchtime and The Print Room is open!
[quote][p][bold]Branksome snail[/bold] wrote: for once, just once, it would be nice if this now awful awful hysteria whipping newspaper did something useful and did some investigative reporting on the complexities of this partnership[/p][/quote]Steady on now, you'll have the young Echo cubs choking on their shandy. Its Friday lunchtime and The Print Room is open! Phixer
  • Score: 2

3:20pm Sat 5 Apr 14

aquasplash3 says...

ragj195 wrote:
The concept of a town center is dead. Most car parks are empty because there are far easier ways to shop, than to trek from shop to shop in the rain looking at limited stock in cramped shops. Like it or not the council are aware of this and are therefore looking at alternative uses for the land. Makes complete sense to me.

20 years ago you couldn't move it was so busy walking around town on a Saturday afternoon. Now, apart from a few months in the summer the town center is pretty dead 7 days a week. There is absolutely nothing they can do to rewind history and how shopping has evolved. What else can they build on this car park that would attract investment apart from homes that may be cheap enough that someone just might be crazy enough to want to live there.

We're a family a of four with two young children. I spend fair bit each month on all of us but I can't think of one reason why I would go to the town center to shop for anything. They could let me park right in the middle of the dam square and I still wouldn't go.
I think you mean centre rather than center!

Also if you read the article properly, they will still be providing car parking on the site!
[quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: The concept of a town center is dead. Most car parks are empty because there are far easier ways to shop, than to trek from shop to shop in the rain looking at limited stock in cramped shops. Like it or not the council are aware of this and are therefore looking at alternative uses for the land. Makes complete sense to me. 20 years ago you couldn't move it was so busy walking around town on a Saturday afternoon. Now, apart from a few months in the summer the town center is pretty dead 7 days a week. There is absolutely nothing they can do to rewind history and how shopping has evolved. What else can they build on this car park that would attract investment apart from homes that may be cheap enough that someone just might be crazy enough to want to live there. We're a family a of four with two young children. I spend fair bit each month on all of us but I can't think of one reason why I would go to the town center to shop for anything. They could let me park right in the middle of the dam square and I still wouldn't go.[/p][/quote]I think you mean centre rather than center! Also if you read the article properly, they will still be providing car parking on the site! aquasplash3
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

The Timelord says...

Good old Bournemouth Borough - where will the drug dealers and prostitutes that currently use this car-park to sell their trade go?
Looks like Bournemouth Borough have found the solution. Build on the car-park so they can rehouse them in the new flats and they can carry on in the dry and warm without being seen.
Another winner!
Good old Bournemouth Borough - where will the drug dealers and prostitutes that currently use this car-park to sell their trade go? Looks like Bournemouth Borough have found the solution. Build on the car-park so they can rehouse them in the new flats and they can carry on in the dry and warm without being seen. Another winner! The Timelord
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Sun 6 Apr 14

chris100 says...

Phixer wrote:
chris100 wrote:
Ware the **** are people meant to park if this **** is selling all our car parks
Engage brain before opening mouth.

"Plans to build a 228-space multi-storey car park ...."

How about parking in the car park?
100 homes and 228 parking spaces yet most family's have 2 cars so that's 200 spaces gone
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Ware the **** are people meant to park if this **** is selling all our car parks[/p][/quote]Engage brain before opening mouth. "Plans to build a 228-space multi-storey car park ...." How about parking in the car park?[/p][/quote]100 homes and 228 parking spaces yet most family's have 2 cars so that's 200 spaces gone chris100
  • Score: 1

10:49am Mon 7 Apr 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

chris100 wrote:
Ware the **** are people meant to park if this **** is selling all our car parks
Er...'multi story'?
[quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Ware the **** are people meant to park if this **** is selling all our car parks[/p][/quote]Er...'multi story'? NickTheGreekinBmth
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