“Appalling and monstrous” – councillors hit out at plans for retirement block

‘monstrous’: Artist’s impression of McCarthy & Stone’s plan for a 36-apartment retirement complex on Dunyeats Road

‘monstrous’: Artist’s impression of McCarthy & Stone’s plan for a 36-apartment retirement complex on Dunyeats Road

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A MODERN block of retirement apartments proposed for a prominent Broadstone site is totally out of character, it is claimed.

McCarthy & Stone has submitted a planning application to build 36 apartments in the centre of Broadstone, on the corner of Dunyeats Road, with two retail units and a post office on the ground floor.

However residents are being urged to write to Borough of Poole with their views on the “appalling and monstrous” development by Broadstone councillors Mike Brooke and Vikki Slade.

Cllr Brooke, pictured, said: “They have not listened to anything councillors have said, they have not listened to anything Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum has said, they have not listened to anything the Chamber of Trade and Commerce has said, they have not listened to what the public has said.”

He added: “It is a large four-storey block of glass and mostly brick work, it has blocks of brown and blue and purple. It has absolutely no place in Broadstone whatsoever. It is totally out of character with the Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the Broadway.”

However the company says it has listened to local residents and aims to breathe new life into the “increasingly rundown site”. More than 120 people attended an exhibition and 75 per cent of the feedback was supportive, it says.

Shane Paull, regional managing director for McCarthy & Stone, said: “Listening to local residents we have made a number of changes to the plans such as increasing the amount of casual parking at the front of the building for the shop units, changing the colour of the development, increasing the width of the pavements, and the addition of delivery space.

“Despite no formal marketing, we have already received 18 formal expressions of interest in one of the proposed apartments, highlighting a real local need for this form of housing.”

He added: “Not only will our proposals provide much needed retirement living accommodation and regenerate an important high street site, the proposals will provide support for Broadstone’s local economy.”

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10:40pm Thu 14 Aug 14

master plan says...

Not in keeping with Victorian and Edwardian buildings? Nor are the modern buildings but there still there!
Things have got to move forward stop living in the past. The sport centre, the bt building and the toilet block are some of them!!!!!
Not in keeping with Victorian and Edwardian buildings? Nor are the modern buildings but there still there! Things have got to move forward stop living in the past. The sport centre, the bt building and the toilet block are some of them!!!!! master plan
  • Score: 16

10:49pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Daisy 11 says...

Not only are they hideous, but they have done away with the very useful parking that gets used by everyone popping into the post office etc
Not only are they hideous, but they have done away with the very useful parking that gets used by everyone popping into the post office etc Daisy 11
  • Score: -1

11:27pm Thu 14 Aug 14

steveatbournemouth says...

If the minority of older people who are stuck in the past had their way we wouldn't have some of the wonderful modern buildings we have today.
If the minority of older people who are stuck in the past had their way we wouldn't have some of the wonderful modern buildings we have today. steveatbournemouth
  • Score: -1

11:28pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Woodlanda says...

Retirement buildings are a complete con anyway with continually high maintenance charges and difficult to resell when the time comes,
Retirement buildings are a complete con anyway with continually high maintenance charges and difficult to resell when the time comes, Woodlanda
  • Score: 20

8:08am Fri 15 Aug 14

Phixer says...

"Cllr Brooke said: “They have not listened to anything councillors have said, they have not listened to anything Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum has said, they have not listened to anything the Chamber of Trade and Commerce has said, they have not listened to what the public has said.”

Notice how the public, who pay the Cllrs expenses, come last in his thoughts? Very telling.
"Cllr Brooke said: “They have not listened to anything councillors have said, they have not listened to anything Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum has said, they have not listened to anything the Chamber of Trade and Commerce has said, they have not listened to what the public has said.” Notice how the public, who pay the Cllrs expenses, come last in his thoughts? Very telling. Phixer
  • Score: 10

9:25am Fri 15 Aug 14

folkprotector says...

Modern buildings should be designed to fit the character of their surroundings.
Let's get some statistics - do you approve, or do you disapprove of the look of this proposed design? Do you think the design fits in with the character of its location, or not?
Snide, sarcastic and irrelevant responses are not welcome: rational and relevant response are welcome whether or not you live in Broadstone.
Modern buildings should be designed to fit the character of their surroundings. Let's get some statistics - do you approve, or do you disapprove of the look of this proposed design? Do you think the design fits in with the character of its location, or not? Snide, sarcastic and irrelevant responses are not welcome: rational and relevant response are welcome whether or not you live in Broadstone. folkprotector
  • Score: 0

9:33am Fri 15 Aug 14

samstone says...

I can not see what difference it will make what they build there, Broadstone is a not an attractive village, just a street with a load of Hairdressers and coffee shops and no parking. The toast rack that everyone seems to queue to get in right back to the roundabout is just a pain in the backside for everyone trying to quickly get through the village. Flatten it and put parking on it for everyone who sits in costa.
I can not see what difference it will make what they build there, Broadstone is a not an attractive village, just a street with a load of Hairdressers and coffee shops and no parking. The toast rack that everyone seems to queue to get in right back to the roundabout is just a pain in the backside for everyone trying to quickly get through the village. Flatten it and put parking on it for everyone who sits in costa. samstone
  • Score: 2

9:36am Fri 15 Aug 14

60plus says...

Welcome to the real world councillor brooks,the council don't listen to the rate payers their prime example is the travellers.you want them to listen because you live there.
Welcome to the real world councillor brooks,the council don't listen to the rate payers their prime example is the travellers.you want them to listen because you live there. 60plus
  • Score: 7

11:04am Fri 15 Aug 14

we-shall-see says...

Aren't retirement apartments agist anyway? If someone under retirement age wanted to buy one, what legal grounds would they have to refuse the sale?

As for the proposed building in the pic, it is completely hideous IMO, yet there are very similar buildings dotted throughout Poole and Bournemouth and all equally as ugly, nor fitting with their environment, yet Poole council gave those the go-ahead! Why?!
Aren't retirement apartments agist anyway? If someone under retirement age wanted to buy one, what legal grounds would they have to refuse the sale? As for the proposed building in the pic, it is completely hideous IMO, yet there are very similar buildings dotted throughout Poole and Bournemouth and all equally as ugly, nor fitting with their environment, yet Poole council gave those the go-ahead! Why?! we-shall-see
  • Score: 4

12:32pm Fri 15 Aug 14

madras says...

Nowt compared with the carbuncle in Purewell, Christchurch - spud-ugly block of town houses right on the pavement and massively disproportionate to anything else
Nowt compared with the carbuncle in Purewell, Christchurch - spud-ugly block of town houses right on the pavement and massively disproportionate to anything else madras
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Teddy 1 says...

Phixer wrote:
"Cllr Brooke said: “They have not listened to anything councillors have said, they have not listened to anything Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum has said, they have not listened to anything the Chamber of Trade and Commerce has said, they have not listened to what the public has said.”

Notice how the public, who pay the Cllrs expenses, come last in his thoughts? Very telling.
Ummm interesting observation...one I agree with 100%
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: "Cllr Brooke said: “They have not listened to anything councillors have said, they have not listened to anything Broadstone Neighbourhood Forum has said, they have not listened to anything the Chamber of Trade and Commerce has said, they have not listened to what the public has said.” Notice how the public, who pay the Cllrs expenses, come last in his thoughts? Very telling.[/p][/quote]Ummm interesting observation...one I agree with 100% Teddy 1
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Teddy 1 says...

samstone wrote:
I can not see what difference it will make what they build there, Broadstone is a not an attractive village, just a street with a load of Hairdressers and coffee shops and no parking. The toast rack that everyone seems to queue to get in right back to the roundabout is just a pain in the backside for everyone trying to quickly get through the village. Flatten it and put parking on it for everyone who sits in costa.
Hintons, Oakleys, the Card Bar are the best shops in broadstone. FIRST CLASS customer service...oh and of course the new Little Sweetie Shop.

BEST coffee shop by far is Costa which I have returned to since they dropped their plan for more outside seating due to public opinion.
[quote][p][bold]samstone[/bold] wrote: I can not see what difference it will make what they build there, Broadstone is a not an attractive village, just a street with a load of Hairdressers and coffee shops and no parking. The toast rack that everyone seems to queue to get in right back to the roundabout is just a pain in the backside for everyone trying to quickly get through the village. Flatten it and put parking on it for everyone who sits in costa.[/p][/quote]Hintons, Oakleys, the Card Bar are the best shops in broadstone. FIRST CLASS customer service...oh and of course the new Little Sweetie Shop. BEST coffee shop by far is Costa which I have returned to since they dropped their plan for more outside seating due to public opinion. Teddy 1
  • Score: 1

1:50pm Fri 15 Aug 14

apm1954 says...

samstone wrote:
I can not see what difference it will make what they build there, Broadstone is a not an attractive village, just a street with a load of Hairdressers and coffee shops and no parking. The toast rack that everyone seems to queue to get in right back to the roundabout is just a pain in the backside for everyone trying to quickly get through the village. Flatten it and put parking on it for everyone who sits in costa.
Village since when
[quote][p][bold]samstone[/bold] wrote: I can not see what difference it will make what they build there, Broadstone is a not an attractive village, just a street with a load of Hairdressers and coffee shops and no parking. The toast rack that everyone seems to queue to get in right back to the roundabout is just a pain in the backside for everyone trying to quickly get through the village. Flatten it and put parking on it for everyone who sits in costa.[/p][/quote]Village since when apm1954
  • Score: 5

5:05pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

It would get planning permision in Christchurch.
It would get planning permision in Christchurch. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 2

11:58pm Fri 15 Aug 14

snowflakes says...

Broadstone consists of Charity Shops and Estate Agents, so what exactly makes it so special.It needs up-dating and a more modern look, so do not see the problem with this building.
Not everyone in Retirement need to live in a building from the 50's.
Broadstone consists of Charity Shops and Estate Agents, so what exactly makes it so special.It needs up-dating and a more modern look, so do not see the problem with this building. Not everyone in Retirement need to live in a building from the 50's. snowflakes
  • Score: 3

7:42pm Sat 16 Aug 14

inside-info says...

Funny how Lib Dem councillors such as Mr Brook and his Chair of Planning, Phillip Eades, condemn and refuse any densification development in Broadstone as 'monstrous' but happily vote for similar development in Parkstone/Penn Hill/Canford Cliffs. It's almost as though it was Party Political but shurely not!
Funny how Lib Dem councillors such as Mr Brook and his Chair of Planning, Phillip Eades, condemn and refuse any densification development in Broadstone as 'monstrous' but happily vote for similar development in Parkstone/Penn Hill/Canford Cliffs. It's almost as though it was Party Political but shurely not! inside-info
  • Score: 4

12:36pm Mon 18 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Funny how the appalling and monstrous carbuncle by Horsehoe Common is not described as such by the councillors. I wonder if that's because they're on the board of the company in charge of sourcing the land and building contractors to do such construction?

Perhaps they really meant to say "****, if only we'd got the BDC in there first, we'd have lined our pockets with even more money at the taxpayer's expense." ?
Funny how the appalling and monstrous carbuncle by Horsehoe Common is not described as such by the councillors. I wonder if that's because they're on the board of the company in charge of sourcing the land and building contractors to do such construction? Perhaps they really meant to say "****, if only we'd got the BDC in there first, we'd have lined our pockets with even more money at the taxpayer's expense." ? speedy231278
  • Score: 0

12:39pm Mon 18 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Really, Ohec? You can't submit the word for a barrier across a body of water with an n on the end? lol
Really, Ohec? You can't submit the word for a barrier across a body of water with an n on the end? lol speedy231278
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