Police station plans get the go ahead again

Aster Group has obtained another full planning consent for its mixed use regeneration scheme in Christchurch town centre. As they did in February, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s planning committee followed its officers’ recommendation and resolved to support the proposals, which will deliver flexible community space and 169 much needed homes for Christchurch, 53 of which will be affordable. The applications had come before Members again in order to demonstrate that planning decisions at BCP Council are taken fairly and transparently. Members stood by their initial approval of this highly important town centre scheme.

Aster has consulted closely with a wide range of consultees and has tirelessly considered the mix of housing that would best serve the town. The development includes one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, well suited for young families, first-time buyers and people who are looking to downsize. The retirement housing will provide 39 units of sheltered accommodation for elderly people. The affordable housing will deliver homes for affordable rent, shared ownership and discounted or starter homes.

Aster’s senior development manager (strategic), Lindsey Aldington said: “This is fantastic news for the many local people who have been struggling to find a suitable home in Christchurch. We have worked hard to ensure this much-needed project provides what local people are looking for in a home; close to local amenities, bus stops and the railway station. We are thrilled that BCP Councillors have given it the green light again.”