NEW plans for a five-storey development at the site of a yacht club in Sandbanks have been put forward after previous proposals were turned down.

The scheme would see the buildings at 30-38 Panorama Road, which includes the Sandbanks Yacht Co. Club Boatyard Restaurant and a car showroom, knocked down and replaced with a mixed-use development with 31 flats, three offices, and an underground car park.

The Boatyard Restaurant would be replaced, and a new marina office and chandlery built for the yacht club.

A previous scheme by Fortitudo Property – which employs developer Richard Carr – was refused by Poole council’s planning committee in June 2017.

At the time chairman Cllr Andy Garner Watts said a five-storey development in the area was “too much, too quickly”.

A revised scheme was submitted and then withdrawn in March this year following discussions between the developer and the council’s planning department. Issues had been raised by officers who wanted to ensure the yacht club was included in the red line boundary in the planning application.

The new plans submitted by Jacob Carr Homes Ltd, of which Mr Carr is a director, and Phoenix Spencer Sandbanks Ltd, have addressed this issue.

Matthew Annen, of agents Pure Town Planning, said: “By including the Sandbanks Yacht Co. Club, the local planning authority now have the ability to control and ensure that the development would not result in the loss of facilities that add to the vitality of the existing viable boatyard and, therefore, would not lead to the loss of such marine-related facilities.

“The current proposals do not result in the reduction of a valuable and scarce resource which supports the important recreational and tourism functions of Poole Harbour.”

If the new scheme is given the go-ahead, eight one-bedroom, 19 two-bedroom, and four three-bedroom flats would be built.

A total of 45 car parking spaces would be created, with 39 underground and six at the front of the site for visitors.

There would also be 32 cycle spaces.

In a bid to address the council’s previous concerns over the size of the proposed development, Mr Annen says in a design and access statement that the fifth floor would be “significantly set back from the main building line”.

“From Panorama Road the fifth storey will not be readily visible and therefore the building would never be read in the street scene as a full five-storey building.”

He adds that the development “creates a carefully balanced and attractive contemporary proposal that would not represent an overdevelopment of the site, nor would it create an overbearing impact on the neighbouring plots”.