Councillor raps Meyrick Estates for “stalling tactic” over seaside villa flats plan

Council message to influential landowner : if you don’t like flats plan, put your money where your mouth is

PROPOSAL: Radcliffe Court

CHALLENGE: Cllr David Kelsey

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THE chairman of Bournemouth Borough Council’s planning board has blasted one of the town’s most influential landowners.

Councillor David Kelsey said the Meyrick Estate Management Ltd “need to put their money where their mouth is” during a discussion about proposals for a new block of flats on the site of one of Bournemouth’s original seaside villas.

The company, based in St Peter’s Road, made an eleventh hour objection to the plans to demolish Radcliffe Court in Manor Road, East Cliff, which came before the committee last week.

Councillors had heard from objectors, as well as devel-opers Lynwood Park Limited, before deferring a decision about the derelict building. There will be a site visit on Friday.

But Cllr Kelsey said he “discounted” the land-owner’s objections.

Meyrick Park have done exactly what they always do,” he said. “They have sat on their hands and let everyone else do all the work.”

He claimed that the company had the funds to save and refurbish Radcliffe Court if it wanted to.

“It’s another Cliff End hotel,” he said.

“They need to pull their fingers out and put their money where their mouth is. It’s a stalling tactic.”

In a letter to the council, trustees from the estate wrote that when they sold the property in 2005, they specified a number of conditions relating to its use and redevelopment.

The document, which is publically available online, reads: “Of particular relevance was that redevelopment was not to take place without Meyrick Estate trustees’ consent.

“In 2009, the Meyrick Estate trustees and the building’s owner entered into an option agreement which (i) provided that the building’s owner would seek a planning permission that was acceptable to the Meyrick Estate trustees and (ii) envisaged that the building would be transferred to the Meyrick trustees for a long lease.

“The trustees strongly oppose the application for planning permission.”

The Meyrick Estate declined to comment when asked by the Daily Echo.

TEN-YEAR ROW

Meyrick Estate Management was involved in a decade-long row with developers the Boscombe Partnership in 2011 over the once-glamorous Cliff End hotel, pictured.

Planning permission had been sought for a new build at the derelict site after the leasehold was bought out.

But the freeholders sent a solicitor’s letter to say the 124-year-old hotel was being well maintained.

The hotel was ravaged by a fire in 2012, and although a meeting with agents acting for the estate took place in June 2013, councillors say no progress has been made

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2:18pm Wed 25 Jun 14

billy bumble says...

Well done Clr Kelsey

The vile Meyrick organisation have been responsible for some horrendous development delays in Dorset over many years

Basically using rich bully boy tactics

They have a LOT of money - so by all means put it where your mouth is
Well done Clr Kelsey The vile Meyrick organisation have been responsible for some horrendous development delays in Dorset over many years Basically using rich bully boy tactics They have a LOT of money - so by all means put it where your mouth is billy bumble
  • Score: 10

3:16pm Wed 25 Jun 14

BmthNewshound says...

I think that David Kelsey attack demonstrates the current council administrations confrontational approach to dealing with the Meyrick Estate which is not in the towns best interest.
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As has been noted in the article Kelsey would have been aware that the Meyrick Estate would have to give its approval of the plans. I would have thought that if anyone in planning had an ounce of common sense they would have approached the estate for their views early on in the process.
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Although they may be considered to be outdated the old estate trusts protect many of the towns parks and open spaces from development. We all know how keen Beesley is to sell off Council owned land to property developers can you imagine what the future would hold for Meyrick Park or Bournemouth Gardens if their future was in Beesleys hands.
I think that David Kelsey attack demonstrates the current council administrations confrontational approach to dealing with the Meyrick Estate which is not in the towns best interest. . As has been noted in the article Kelsey would have been aware that the Meyrick Estate would have to give its approval of the plans. I would have thought that if anyone in planning had an ounce of common sense they would have approached the estate for their views early on in the process. . Although they may be considered to be outdated the old estate trusts protect many of the towns parks and open spaces from development. We all know how keen Beesley is to sell off Council owned land to property developers can you imagine what the future would hold for Meyrick Park or Bournemouth Gardens if their future was in Beesleys hands. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 7

4:29pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cunone says...

The applicant is seeking planning consent and the commercial terms of the original sale from Meyrick is not a material consideration to the planning application. If the scheme is acceptable to the Council then they should approve it. The developer will have to negotiate the release of the restriction or go to a Land Tribunal.
Meyrick appear to be trying to establish a negotiating position for the release of the condition. In fairness the developer should have appreciated this when they bought the site. Next time a bit more due diligence maybe?
The applicant is seeking planning consent and the commercial terms of the original sale from Meyrick is not a material consideration to the planning application. If the scheme is acceptable to the Council then they should approve it. The developer will have to negotiate the release of the restriction or go to a Land Tribunal. Meyrick appear to be trying to establish a negotiating position for the release of the condition. In fairness the developer should have appreciated this when they bought the site. Next time a bit more due diligence maybe? cunone
  • Score: 2

9:12pm Wed 25 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

How does a developer become influential in a town.if they are not elected.or have an non influential council been elected
How does a developer become influential in a town.if they are not elected.or have an non influential council been elected kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 4

7:33am Thu 26 Jun 14

skydriver says...

That's a rich statement coming from Bournemouth council , especially with their leader.
Maybe Bournemouth should put their money were their mouth is!!
That's a rich statement coming from Bournemouth council , especially with their leader. Maybe Bournemouth should put their money were their mouth is!! skydriver
  • Score: 3

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