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A major residential development in a Bournemouth regeneration district gained planning permission despite its location on a challenging site.

Permission for the six-storey block of 33 apartments in Holdenhurst Road at Lansdowne was secured through Ken Parke Planning Consultants Ltd (KPPC).

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council gave the go-ahead for the scheme for Majestic Property & Estates Limited.

The plans were for demolition of an existing two-storey building at 17 Holdenhurst Road and construction of studio, one and two-bedroom flats in a new building with a stepped design to align with taller and lower buildings on each side.

The site had a history of applications and appeals – including a scheme for a 13-storey building including adjacent land and buildings which was dismissed at appeal prior to KPPC Ltd’s involvement.

There were existing permissions for conversion of the two-storey office building on site for residential development and an additional two-storeys to form a four storey building.

Permission for the new development allowed for three storeys on its southern side to complement neighbouring terrace buildings and six storeys on its northern elevation to fit with taller, contemporary buildings.

The site was very challenging with a position in the centre of the street meaning it was surrounded by buildings on all sides.

The replacement building had to respond to the many constraints posed by the variety of surrounding buildings and uses.

The resultant design solution resolved the many issues and provided a well-designed building to transition between the historic and modern areas of the Lansdowne defining the edge of the tall buildings area.

KPPC worked closely with Fordingbridge-based architects Brightspace on the project.


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