Unveiled: plans for hotel, leisure and flats scheme at Winter Gardens receive “positive response”

The public check out the plans for the Winter Gardens site

The public check out the plans for the Winter Gardens site

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THE developers behind new proposals for Bournemouth’s former Winter Gardens site unveiled their vision at a public exhibition at the weekend.

Dozens of residents turned up to the event at the Royal Exeter Hotel on Saturday afternoon to see details of the planned new hotel, leisure and residential scheme.

It is almost a year since the previous planning application for the site, submitted by a different developer, was refused by Bournemouth’s planning committee.

Councillors ruled the scale and design of the proposed eight-storey hotel, combined with the overall bulk of the proposed development, would have an adverse impact on the special character of the Winter Gardens site and nearby properties in Cranborne Road.

Antony Calvert, director of HardHat, the firm which hosted the event for developer Inland Ltd, said he was pleased with the turnout given the hot weather and that the new plans had received a positive response.

“One of the original concerns was about the size of the hotel. In these plans the trees are going to stay and the hotel will be reduced by the equivalent of two-and-half stories – which will make a big impact,” he added.

“The leisure side of it is something we are excited about. Nothing is set in stone and it is one of the aspects of the scheme that will be determined by what local people tell us.”

Around 70 people had turned up by midday and Mr Calvert said he expected more than 100 to have attended by the end of the day.

He spoke to those attending and guided them through the plans with other members of his staff.

One of those at the exhibition was former mayoress Elaine Cooper, who said she was impressed with the plans.

“In principle I like what I see,” she said. “In general I think it is a much improved idea, but the devil is always in the detail.”

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6:54am Tue 10 Jun 14

islandman says...

shall I be the first to recall seeing the Everly Bros there
shall I be the first to recall seeing the Everly Bros there islandman
  • Score: 3

7:38am Tue 10 Jun 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Outrageous! This council is so devious it is well overdue an investigation, a few years ago a car park in Bournemouth I believe the "Leyton Mount" was sold to developers for the sole purpose that the funds would pay for the refurbishment of the Winter Gardens! This council has continued to asset strip our beloved town and waste millions of pounds in the process.
Outrageous! This council is so devious it is well overdue an investigation, a few years ago a car park in Bournemouth I believe the "Leyton Mount" was sold to developers for the sole purpose that the funds would pay for the refurbishment of the Winter Gardens! This council has continued to asset strip our beloved town and waste millions of pounds in the process. itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 10

9:02am Tue 10 Jun 14

Redgolfer says...

Of course the developers would say what they have, cannot say any different and a former Mayor as well, MY MY, more brown envelopes please !!!
Of course the developers would say what they have, cannot say any different and a former Mayor as well, MY MY, more brown envelopes please !!! Redgolfer
  • Score: 4

9:18am Tue 10 Jun 14

B'mth bred says...

So if this proposal goes ahead we lose more car parking spaces, if the council go ahead with the new bus station we lose car parking spaces.
Where will the visitors and tourists be able to park, let alone shoppers. I appreciate the effort to revitalise the town centre but at this rate no one will come as they can't park anywhere .
So if this proposal goes ahead we lose more car parking spaces, if the council go ahead with the new bus station we lose car parking spaces. Where will the visitors and tourists be able to park, let alone shoppers. I appreciate the effort to revitalise the town centre but at this rate no one will come as they can't park anywhere . B'mth bred
  • Score: 5

9:59am Tue 10 Jun 14

BmthNewshound says...

A PR stunt by the developers and nothing more. The Nautilus project had a similar exhibition and that scheme is now dead in the water.
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Beesley has expressed the view that he wants the site handed over to the Morgan Sindall/Council jointly owned Bournemouth Development Company so I think Inland are wasting their time and money. Although Beesley may no longer sit on the planning committee its hard to believe that he doesn't control it just like he controls all council decisions.
A PR stunt by the developers and nothing more. The Nautilus project had a similar exhibition and that scheme is now dead in the water. . Beesley has expressed the view that he wants the site handed over to the Morgan Sindall/Council jointly owned Bournemouth Development Company so I think Inland are wasting their time and money. Although Beesley may no longer sit on the planning committee its hard to believe that he doesn't control it just like he controls all council decisions. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 5

10:05am Tue 10 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

It's reported "Antony Calvert, director of HardHat, the firm which hosted the event". Fascinating that this developer's exhibition - to which at least 100(!) members of the public may have 'flocked' - appears to have been arranged by a one time Parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party.
It's reported "Antony Calvert, director of HardHat, the firm which hosted the event". Fascinating that this developer's exhibition - to which at least 100(!) members of the public may have 'flocked' - appears to have been arranged by a one time Parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

4:48pm Tue 10 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

It's not like much if anything will be built in Bournemouth by anyone else now that the Council/BDC/Morgan Sindall empire is getting into it's stride. It should be investigated for serious conflicts of interest.
It's not like much if anything will be built in Bournemouth by anyone else now that the Council/BDC/Morgan Sindall empire is getting into it's stride. It should be investigated for serious conflicts of interest. speedy231278
  • Score: 5

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