THE council has unveiled a number of sites across Poole as new locations it wants to build on to provide “much needed” affordable rented homes. 

BCP Council has submitted three separate applications across the Waterloo estate and Hamworthy for up to 11 new homes. 

In total, the proposed new homes could house 57 people. 

The first batch is on empty land in Cavan Crescent, Waterloo estate, where the authority hopes to build three four-bedroom semi-detached houses. 

Plans are also in place for a pair of two-bedroom homes and two three-bedroom homes in Redhorn Close, Turlin Moor. 

Bournemouth Echo: Redhorn Close, Turlin MoorRedhorn Close, Turlin Moor (Image: Google)

Elsewhere in Hamworthy, there are plans to redevelop land on Junction Road to build a terraced block of three three-bedroom properties with a detached four-bed house. 

As part of the authority's core strategies and one of its biggest priorities, it is planning to build 2,000 homes by 2031, with half expected to be delivered within five years. 

The homes would come with private gardens and parking spaces 

Kendall Kingscott, tasked to develop the proposals by BCP Council, said in a design and access statement that the homes would provide affordable council housing for people on the housing register. 

The firm added: “Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) has identified a number of small sites within the district of Poole that have the potential to be developed, to provide much-needed affordable and accessible housing. 

“The infill site at Cavan Crescent/Redhorn Close/Junction Road has been identified as such a site. The scheme is being developed by BCP’s housing delivery team.  

Bournemouth Echo: New homes in Cavan CrescentNew homes in Cavan Crescent (Image: BCP Council)

“This site will provide affordable council rented housing for people on the council’s housing register. 

“BCP aims to build high quality, energy efficient homes, designed to NDSS standards, to be able to provide families and individuals on the housing register with affordable and spacious homes.  

“This aims to reduce fuel poverty by using a fabric-first approach.” 

A fabric-first approach is when developers prioritise the energy efficiency of a property when designing and building properties. 

Leigh Jarvis, BCP’s building development manager, said in documents: “Currently there are 2,496 households on the housing register; 81 per cent need general needs housing and 53 per cent are families.  

“These family homes will provide much-needed affordable accommodation.” 

The proposals for the three new projects will be decided by BCP Council at a later date.