AFFORDABLE homes will be built in a part of Poole where less than one per cent of properties are deemed affordable. 

Thirty-three homes are going to be built on brownfield lane north of Lower Blandford Road in Broadstone, recently purchased with planning consent by Poole-based AJC Group.

The developer, along with housing provider Abri, have amended the plans for open-market homes and converted the scheme to 100 per cent affordable.

It will comprise a mixture of one- and two-bedroom EPC-B-rated homes available for affordable rent. 

Bournemouth Echo: Lower Blandford Road, BroadstoneLower Blandford Road, Broadstone (Image: Daily Echo)

The site is currently used as a car park, providing an uncharacteristic gap in the street scene of the busy street on the edge of the Broadstone conservation area.  

In addition, underground parking will include 26 parking spaces, secure storage for 34 cycles and additional visitor spaces. 

Internally, the layout of the apartments provides modern, spacious accommodation with open plan living/dining/kitchen spaces with positioning to enable direct ambient light into all living spaces.   

AJC Group said the plans meet the requirements set out in the Broadstone neighbourhood plan, providing a desirable mix of one- and two-bedroom properties. 

David Cracklen, director of AJC Group, said: “We are pleased to be delivering this scheme in partnership with Abri, which will provide both economic, social and environmental benefits to this area of Poole. 

“And critically, schemes like this are needed more than ever as there is almost no affordable rent accommodation in Broadstone, with only 0.2 per cent of homes for socially rented. 

“It makes effective use of a vacant brownfield site and supports the local economy through the delivery of homes close to the district centre.” 

He added the latest scheme is part of the firm’s “commitment” to build 500 affordable homes in the next five years in the Wessex region. 

Sam Stone, director of land and planning at Abri, added: “We want to create neighbourhoods that meet the needs of the community and by revitalising formerly disused land and providing 100 per cent affordable housing this development will help so many people.  

“The regeneration of brownfield sites is key to creating thriving communities and our track record with AJC shows how successfully this can be done.  

“Abri is committed to delivering 10,000 homes by 2030 and collaborative approaches like this mean we can continue to support more customers and really make a difference.” 

AJC Group currently has two sites under construction in Poole, including in Lindsay Road and The Sloop.