Go-ahead for Bournemouth town centre homes

Plans for more than 100 new homes to rent in Bournemouth town centre have been approved.

The Berry Court scheme involves the replacement of the council-owned surface car park in St Peter’s Road with a development of 113 high-quality apartments for the private rental market.

The scheme is being led by the Bournemouth Development Company, a regeneration partnership delivering Bournemouth Council’s Town Centre Vision.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said: “The Berry Court scheme is a creative solution to help address housing needs. It supports the aims of our Town Centre Vision in attracting new residents to come and live in in the heart of Bournemouth. By providing much needed, high-quality homes, the scheme will boost the vibrancy of the town centre.”

Duncan Johnston, Director, Bournemouth Development Company, said: “The Berry Court scheme will enable more people to live in high-quality accommodation in the town centre, so stimulating the local economy.”

Mr Johnston added that public feedback from an exhibition of plans in May 2015 had helped to develop the original design ahead of the detailed planning application being submitted in September.