A NEW development to create 24 affordable apartments in Bournemouth is being considered at BCP Cabinet next month.

Subject to planning and Cabinet approval, it is proposed the old buildings at Craven Court, in Knyveton Road, are to be demolished to make way for the block of flats.

The council’s housing development team will develop the new four storey apartment block, which will include 10 one-bed and 14 two-bed apartments complicit with Passive House standards.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Portfolio Holder for Homes: “Our priority is to provide more safe and affordable housing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and this scheme presents the opportunity to provide more good quality, well managed homes for local people.

“We are committed to developing more homes that are not only well-built but also energy efficient and this development will contribute to the council’s commitment to achieving a net zero carbon emission target.”

The site is council-owned and currently consists of 18 flats that are social rented.

The building was originally two Victorian semi-detached houses that have been altered and converted over the years. The current building is in poor condition and deemed no-longer fit for purpose.

The new development includes onsite parking for nine vehicles and bike storage.

The scheme will be considered by Planning Committee on Wednesday April 14, 2021.If approved by Cabinet and planning, work could get underway in August this year, with the aim to complete in January 2023.

Current tenants at Craven Court will be assisted with rehousing while the new apartments are developed, and they will be offered the opportunity to return to the new development.