New £12million Horseshoe Common housing will ‘transform’ crime hotspot

DEVELOPMENT: The Citrus Building

DEVELOPMENT: The Citrus Building

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DEVELOPERS behind a £12million “chic” housing complex in the Horseshoe Common area say the scheme will help transform the crime hotspot into a desirable place to live for high-flying professionals.

A showcase apartment inside the Citrus Building in Madeira Road has been unveiled to prospective buyers following an official launch on Friday.

The complex, which will consist of 64 apartments and an eatery once completed, is the first residential and commercial property to come on stream from the Bournemouth Development Company (BDC), which is working in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council to deliver its Town Centre Vision.

Due to be completed at the end of the summer, the five-storey building will include a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments, ranging from £125,000 to £350,000.

Duncan Johnston, BDC development director said the Citrus Building, so called because of its bright orange, yellow and green exterior, would help transform the area.

He said: “This is an architecturally impressive building, with beautiful apartments, which will help rejuvenate the town centre and strengthen the area as a sought-after location.”

He added: “We’re targeting first-time buyers and young professionals who want to be part of a vibrant new development.”

Representatives from the planning and property sector, the developer Morgan Sindall Investments, Bourne-mouth Borough council, and Bourne-mouth Chamber of Commerce and Trade attended the opening.

John Beesley, leader of the borough council, described the project as a “landmark scheme”.

“This investment and the new residents it will bring is the first phase of what we hope will be a regenerated Horseshoe Common,” he said.

“This is why we are doing the works around Horse-shoe Common – it is all linked so we create a good sustainable part of the town.”

The complex, at the former Leyton Mount car park, is the first in a series of developments outlined in the council’s Town Centre Vision.

Work is currently under way for an accommodation block for Arts University Bournemouth students.

BDC is also preparing plans for a residential development at Berry Court and looking at further schemes at Durley Road and St Stephens.

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1:24pm Tue 6 May 14

Redgolfer says...

Beasley, what a load of rubbish you spout and do you really believe this twaddle, when you pedestrianized Fir Vale Road it turned in to the 6th MOST VIOLENT road in the Country, FACT, now you are going to do the same to Old Christchurch Road after 10pm at night and mark my words the same will happen in this road as did in Fir Vale Road, then what rubbish will you spout in your defence.
Beasley, what a load of rubbish you spout and do you really believe this twaddle, when you pedestrianized Fir Vale Road it turned in to the 6th MOST VIOLENT road in the Country, FACT, now you are going to do the same to Old Christchurch Road after 10pm at night and mark my words the same will happen in this road as did in Fir Vale Road, then what rubbish will you spout in your defence. Redgolfer
  • Score: 20

1:55pm Tue 6 May 14

speedy231278 says...

How on earth do some swanky flats subsidised by the local taxpayers stand any chance of doing anything to the crime rate of the area?

The real crime here is the blatant conflict of interest in having a private company and the council set up a company to carry out such work that has a board comprised solely of members of both. Nice little earner, hey?
How on earth do some swanky flats subsidised by the local taxpayers stand any chance of doing anything to the crime rate of the area? The real crime here is the blatant conflict of interest in having a private company and the council set up a company to carry out such work that has a board comprised solely of members of both. Nice little earner, hey? speedy231278
  • Score: 14

2:10pm Tue 6 May 14

Bob49 says...

Just as Boscome was going to be the new Sandbanks. It is nothing but an excuse for the same bunch of shysters to line their pockets by cramming in as many flats as possible.... as elsewhere.

Is there anyone daft enough to still believe these fairy tales ?
Just as Boscome was going to be the new Sandbanks. It is nothing but an excuse for the same bunch of shysters to line their pockets by cramming in as many flats as possible.... as elsewhere. Is there anyone daft enough to still believe these fairy tales ? Bob49
  • Score: 18

2:36pm Tue 6 May 14

BmthNewshound says...

What are these people on ??? For a start Bournemouth isn't exactly blessed with many "high flying professionals" and those who do live in the town will be far to intelligent to buy a flat in this area in the same way that they avoid moving into Boscombe. Rather than high flying professionals its more likely that these flats will attract buy-to-let investors with an eye on cashing in on the growing student market.
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I think it speaks volumes that no developer was willing to take on this project and it has been left to Bournemouth tax payers to bank roll it.
What are these people on ??? For a start Bournemouth isn't exactly blessed with many "high flying professionals" and those who do live in the town will be far to intelligent to buy a flat in this area in the same way that they avoid moving into Boscombe. Rather than high flying professionals its more likely that these flats will attract buy-to-let investors with an eye on cashing in on the growing student market. . I think it speaks volumes that no developer was willing to take on this project and it has been left to Bournemouth tax payers to bank roll it. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 15

4:07pm Tue 6 May 14

richt says...

I thought that any "high flying professionals" could afford to live elsewhere and commute into Bournemouth?
I thought that any "high flying professionals" could afford to live elsewhere and commute into Bournemouth? richt
  • Score: 5

4:34pm Tue 6 May 14

BoscVegas says...

£125K??! have you seen the smallest one? http://thecitrusbuil
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-sale/studio-apartme
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£125K??! have you seen the smallest one? http://thecitrusbuil ding.co.uk/homes-for -sale/studio-apartme nt/ BoscVegas
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Tue 6 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

Half of these flat are designated for "social housing". Great. Dole dwellers with violence on their doorstep. Perfect.
Half of these flat are designated for "social housing". Great. Dole dwellers with violence on their doorstep. Perfect. SympatheticSam
  • Score: 9

7:16pm Tue 6 May 14

BIGTONE says...

A "Chic" profitable return.
A "Chic" profitable return. BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

10:07pm Tue 6 May 14

MattGillett says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
What are these people on ??? For a start Bournemouth isn't exactly blessed with many "high flying professionals" and those who do live in the town will be far to intelligent to buy a flat in this area in the same way that they avoid moving into Boscombe. Rather than high flying professionals its more likely that these flats will attract buy-to-let investors with an eye on cashing in on the growing student market.
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I think it speaks volumes that no developer was willing to take on this project and it has been left to Bournemouth tax payers to bank roll it.
Wouldn't article 4 of planning exclude student landlords from this block??
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: What are these people on ??? For a start Bournemouth isn't exactly blessed with many "high flying professionals" and those who do live in the town will be far to intelligent to buy a flat in this area in the same way that they avoid moving into Boscombe. Rather than high flying professionals its more likely that these flats will attract buy-to-let investors with an eye on cashing in on the growing student market. . I think it speaks volumes that no developer was willing to take on this project and it has been left to Bournemouth tax payers to bank roll it.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't article 4 of planning exclude student landlords from this block?? MattGillett
  • Score: 1

11:15am Wed 7 May 14

H2o-hara says...

I know from staying in St Peter's Court ,Glen Fern Rd what the noise level will be like for any of those living in these apartments . It won't stop until 05.00 in the morning .
I know from staying in St Peter's Court ,Glen Fern Rd what the noise level will be like for any of those living in these apartments . It won't stop until 05.00 in the morning . H2o-hara
  • Score: 4

12:10pm Wed 7 May 14

kangaroo_joey says...

Having visited a friend that lives on Madeira Road, you cant sleep due to the volume of music that comes from the bars situaited on Old Christchurch road and these so called "Chic" flats are even closer to the bars so I dont envy any of the stupid people that buy one of these flats
Having visited a friend that lives on Madeira Road, you cant sleep due to the volume of music that comes from the bars situaited on Old Christchurch road and these so called "Chic" flats are even closer to the bars so I dont envy any of the stupid people that buy one of these flats kangaroo_joey
  • Score: 5

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