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Green light for affordable homes

Plans for a total of 31 affordable homes at Southill in Weymouth have received the green light.

Dorset Council’s western and southern area planning committee approved an application by Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) subject to conditions and a Section106 agreement.

Part of the application includes the demolition of Marchesi House on the corner of Sycamore Road and Radipole Lane, which is currently made up of 25 flats for the elderly.

In its place, BCHA intends to build 13 flats of one bedroom each in two blocks plus 12 houses with two bedrooms and six houses with three bedrooms, intended to be a mix of affordable rented and shared ownership properties.

Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Housing, Cllr Graham Carr Jones, said: “This is a wholly affordable scheme which will provide much needed homes for families and individuals in an area of housing need.”

 Stacey Northover, BCHA Assistant Director of Housing, said:  “We are delighted to have been awarded planning permission for this much-needed quality development of 31 affordable, rented and shared ownership homes.

“We can now get on with delivering our £4.5 million investment which will help address the area’s housing needs. The properties will be a blend of shared ownership and affordable rented, thus making better use of the space on the site.

“The seven shared ownership properties represent the additional homes being built on the site and give local people the opportunity to make a start towards some home ownership for themselves.

“We have consulted extensively with the public during the planning process and listened carefully to the many views expressed. We have also liaised closely with the local authority. As a result we feel we have achieved a good quality development in line with the existing surroundings

“The future housing preferences of our current residents of Marchesi House are of utmost importance and we have, and will continue to, keep them fully informed at all stages. We will also minimise any potential disruption during construction works.

“BCHA is an organisation that helps people in all situations and needs, with a range of specialist short term and longer term general independent housing options, from rough sleeping and homelessness, through mental health and domestic abuse to long term tenancies for many people in lower paid work.

“The new development is designed to meet the needs of people needing longer term more permanent housing at affordable rents below the market level which are generally unaffordable for people in lower paid employment.”

Conditions covered such matters as materials to be used, biodiversity plans, landscaping, traffic management and drainage.

The Section 106 agreement is to cover the provision and tenure of affordable homes on the site.

Green light for other plans

The planning committee also approved a recommendation for an application by McCarthy & Stone for 38 retirement living apartments with car parking on the former Mountjoy School site in Flood Lane, Bridport.

An application for up to eight homes on land at Southwell Business Park on Portland was also approved subject to conditions.

The committee also delegated authority to the head of planning to grant planning permission for a development at Crossways subject to conditions and a Section 106 agreement.

The scheme for a total of 500 homes at Crossways was previously backed by councillors but returned to the committee for some final changes to conditions and Section 106 agreement.

A village hall, car parking, new village green, roads, 22-hectare open space, play areas, GP surgery, footpaths and cycleways are also included in the scheme along with a contribution for education provision.

The green light comes as the council’s Opening Doors programme aims to encourage the construction of 20,000 homes in northern, southern and western Dorset by 2033.

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