We have been selected as the chosen developer for the land on the site of the former magistrates’ court and police station, car parks and disused land.
We hope to bring to the local community an exciting development of new homes as well as retail space and retirement living. The plans have been submitted and registered with Christchurch Borough Council under application numbers 8/18/3263/FUL and 8/18/3264/DCONS. There are two references because of the conservation area that part of the site is in.
You can view the submitted planning documentation by clicking here and filling in the application numbers in the appropriate box. You will also be able to comment on the plans on the Council’s website, until 30 December 2018.
Overview of the Plans
Our proposals include 131 new homes for Christchurch in a range of different home types and tenures, including affordable homes, such as discount/starter homes, and homes for affordable rent and shared ownership. This will allow more local families to secure affordable homes in the area they love. We also propose to build 39 units of age-restricted sheltered accommodation, and 612 m2 of flexible commercial/community space, a new road between Bargates and Barrack Road, new vehicular access from Barrack Road (to serve sheltered accommodation only), new private and semi-private gardens, public open space, hard and soft landscaping, surface vehicular parking and residential garages.
The final plans have been shaped by many factors, including the feedback received throughout the public consultation process. In a nutshell:
- we have significantly reduced the retail element in the proposed development, and we have been able to retain a number of public car parking spaces (pay and display)
- we are retaining as many trees as possible on the site and our landscape proposals include more trees to be planted than there are currently on the site
- We have removed a proposed footpath to Twynham Avenue that we received concerns about and we are proposing a strip of trees, hedges and shrubs between rear gardens and the proposed development which will act as a green buffer, make instead of made attractive to local wildlife through the use of native tree and plant species rich in berries etc – their natural diet.
- We propose safe pedestrian crossings on Barrack Road and Bargates.