MAJOR plans for a new development between Poole’s two bridges have been submitted to the council.

The scheme features 562 flats split across eleven buildings in West Quay Road. It also proposes units for cafes and restaurants and a replacement facility for Poole Amateur Rowing Club.

The site has been earmarked for regeneration in the council’s current and emerging Local Plan.

If given the go-ahead, the new development would be the fourth major housing scheme approved in the area, with planning permission given in May for over 350 homes, as well as shops, restaurants, offices, and a marina, at the Sydenhams timber yard site.

On one side of the Twin Sails Bridge on West Quay Road, a dilapidated former business complex is being demolished ahead of a new housing development featuring 291 flats.

The plans for 562 homes have been submitted by Reuben and Morgan.

Leonard Design Architects created a design and access statement on behalf of the applicants.

Detailing the proposed development, architects say it “aims to relate to the historic buildings of West Quay Road whilst also creating exciting waterfront architecture”.

“The scheme will improve the public realm around the site. New links between Poole’s historic town centre and the quayside will be created,” they say.

The scheme would be carried out in two phases, with 184 retirement apartments built initially followed by 378 flats on the open market.

Dee Way, which joins the two sides of the project, would be redeveloped as the main point of arrival to the site.

Undercroft parking would contain a total of 340 car parking spaces and 562 bicycle spaces.

“The proposals will replace a disparate group of ageing, unattractive buildings with a contemporary, cohesive and attractive development,” Leonard Design Architects say.

The proposed new rowing club facility would signify the arrival to the site from Poole Bridge.

The architects conclude in their statement: “The West Quay development represents a major investment in Poole’s vibrant town centre. The Back Water Channel will be the site of the town’s next renaissance.

“The scheme will deliver high quality public realm and a sustainable and vital collection of new residential communities in Poole’s town centre.”