CIVIC chiefs are set to consider multi-million plans to pedestrianise an additional section of Bournemouth town centre.

BCP Council’s cabinet will rule on whether or not to approve pressing on with a scheme that could ultimately see parts of Lansdowne pedestrianised.

Under the proposals Holdenhurst Road and Lansdowne Roundabout will be discussed as “potential areas that could be the focus for major investment which will transform the public realm and create new spaces for people to enjoy,” say council officials.

Cllr Mark Howell, cabinet member for regeneration and culture at BCP Council, said: “Creating a sense of place and ensuring the area continues to attract investment is essential to Lansdowne. These proposals will provide a much-needed boost to the investment already underway. Not only to support the thriving population of residents, workers and students but also to make this a destination for people to enjoy when visiting Bournemouth.

“As part of the vision we want to attract a mix of makers, operators, innovators and start-ups, providing them with the opportunity to expand their existing offer or even try something a little different.”

According to BCP Council, £150million investment is already underway at Lansdowne – and additional £8.5m government funding has been secured via the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund

New urban areas such an outdoor meeting space for businesses, student break out areas, as well as new performance platforms where festivals and events can take place all feature as part of the plans.

Cllr Howell said: “As well as creating and sustaining new jobs for the people of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole these proposals are also about restoring and improving connectivity for pedestrians.”

If agreed, investigatory works are likely to start later this year with a full programme of works planned from 2020.

BCP Council cabinet members meet to discuss the proposals on September 30.