PLANS to erect a two-storey block of 10 flats on green land sandwiched between an industrial unit and housing have been approved.

The proposal to transform an unused piece of green land adjacent to 62 Dawkins Road, Poole, into a modern flats block will “uplift and rejuvenate the area”, according to planners Darryl Howells Planning Consultancy – acting on behalf of Luka Homes.

Dawkins Road features a mix of industrial and residential units, with the future building’s position being in between a semi-detached dwelling and several business premises.

Of the ten flats, two will be one-bedroom and eight will be two-bedroom flats. There will also be 12 car parking spaces with accompanying EV charging points and a two-tier bike storage facility.

Bournemouth Echo: Flats approved for green land in Dawkins Road Industrial Estate, Poole. Picture: Darryl Howells PlanningFlats approved for green land in Dawkins Road Industrial Estate, Poole. Picture: Darryl Howells Planning

Most residential buildings in the estate are 1960s style and planners say the new site will be “sharp and crisp, elevating the character and appearance of the street scene and enhancing Poole’s richness of architectural design and standard”.

The application process was derailed slightly in November last year, when BCP Council design officer Sally Lloyd-Jacob objected that the proposed development did not meet the requirements of adopted Poole Local Plan policies.

The since retired Ms Lloyd-Jacobs said: “The block of flats does not relate positively to any other built form nearby, and most definitely not the residential units to the east of the site. The building has an irregular footprint that does not reflect the more orthogonal proportions of the built development in the locality.”

Bournemouth Echo: Green land in Dawkins Road Industrial Estate, Poole. Picture: GoogleGreen land in Dawkins Road Industrial Estate, Poole. Picture: Google

However, planner Darryl Howells provided a rebuttal to the criticism by highlighting how the area “has not seen any substantial investment of development” since the 1960s, and that any future design could not relate closely to the existing buildings.

The rebuttal proved successful as the application was approved in June this year.

Others also supported the application, with a spokesperson of the Society for Poole praising the proposals for adopting renewable energy sources for the building.

They said: “[The] sustainability not only respects the emerging need to avoid burning gas in the climate emergency but also adopts a positive approach to the use of greener policies.”