THE operator of a student halls site in Bournemouth is seeking permission for a new security fence due to concerns over crime and trespassers.

Unite Students said a recent increase in incidents in the Lansdowne area, high levels of theft and members of the public entering the accommodation site without permission, some causing anti-social behaviour, was the reason behind the plan for Purbeck House.

The site in Oxford Road is home to more than 500 first-year Bournemouth University students across two blocks of nine and 11 storeys in height.

An application has been submitted to BCP Council planners to erect a 2.4-metre high fence to the rear of the bin store and substation to provide a secure division between the existing car park and courtyard area.

If approved, there would also be metal gates of the same height installed, with manual access control.

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A statement submitted as part of the application said: “The reason for this proposal is to increase the level of security for the residents of this site following various health and safety concerns.

“This is due to a recent increase in number of incidents / crimes in the area, high levels of theft and members of the public entering the premises without permission (some causing concerning anti-social behaviour).

The gates and fence lines noted above will ensure there is greater control of people and vehicles entering the UNITE grounds, which will in turn provide a much safer environment for the student residents and members of staff.

“The proposals will not affect the overall scale of the development as all changes are limited to external works only.”

Students would still access the accommodation block through the main entrance in Oxford Road, with a key fob system in place.

The application is currently being considered by BCP Council’s planning department, with a public consultation open until July 29.

Purbeck House is located in the heart of area where the majority of university halls are located, with it near Cranbourne House, Oxford Point, Chesil House and Skyline.