this week in Boscombe

Here are this weeks news and events.

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Public Meeting with Railtrack regarding the replacement of the Ashley Rd Bridge. 6th Oct 5-8 Boscanova Cafe (Ashley Rd Bridge and Highway Reconstruction. The temporary order is programmed for the period between 19/10/2009 and 19/12/2009.)

The Winning design for Boscombe?s new beach huts for disabled users has been announced, please check for the results plus pictures!

Classic Black Movie Night Part of Dorset Black History Month 2009

Dorset African Caribbean Association (DACA) Tuesday, 06 October 2009

18:30 - 21:30 Bourne Spring Center St Mary's Road Bournemouth, United Kingdom 07516573516

Concert at St Clements Church 4th October 3pm. Rotary concert. Westbourne Orchestra, conductor Lee Marchant, solo violin Jack Maguire. Brahms 2nd Symphony, Bloch Nigun, Brahms Hungarian Dances. Concert in aid of Music at St ClementsBH1 4DX, Disabled free. Free parking. Free ornate programme.  Interval refreshments. Reservations by telephoning 01202 399114

Bournemouth Natural Science Society Birding the Great Silk Route - Lecturer: Algirdas Knystautas 'Dr Al'. Tues 6th 39 Christchurch Rd


Bournemouth (Map) 12pm - 4pm

The DMF Pop Gospel and Rock Choir Is Coming Oct 6th! Do you love music? Do you love singing? Do you wish that you could be a part of a funky vibrant choir, meeting new friends and singing great music from gospel hits to big rock anthems? Then we want you! Come and join us on Tuesday evenings from 8.00 pm till 10.00 at The DMF office on Boscombe High Street. (Next to The Opera House). Pay NOTHING on first visit! £5.00 per session thereafter.

ASPIRE digital photography exhibition 05 Oct 2009 -10 Oct 2009

Boscombe Sovereign Centre Promoting Positive mental health

Live Music at  Urban Reef 7th Oct ? Acoustic Dregs

Find out more about Acoustic Dregs

Chaplins music Friday 2nd October TIDAL WAVE Live in the Cellar Bar followed by DJ ANDY RAZZ till 2am ish Saturday 3rd October Cellar Bar Presents DUSTY CUTS BIG FACE REGGAE followed by DJ MR LIVELY Sunday 4th October Chaplin?s Presents Sunday Sessions - 8.30-11.30ish Monday 5th October Chess, Backgammon, Cribbage plus other board games in Chaplins and around the garden from 8.30 ish Tuesday 6th October ALEX ROBERTS in Chaplins Wednesday 7th October Open Mic Night in Chaplins 8.30 till 11.30ish Thursday 8th October DJ in the Cellar Bar - MR LIVELY till late Chaplin?s Presents a Jazzy Night with FAIRPLAY lots more 


Bus number 31 to be re-routed to stop at shelly manor. this will start fro 26th October due to the re-location of the Adeline Rd Surgery. More details to follow when I receive them.

Traffic to be let through Boscombe? This Idea has been put forward by a trader. Please let me know what you think.

Police Neighbourhood Information Centre, The Sovereign Centre,  Boscombe Every Thursday, 2.30pm - 3.30pm Every Saturday, 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm. St Clements Church, St Clements Road 3rd October 2009, 6.30 pm3 October 2009, 6.30 pm 

Appeal Decision on flats at San Remo Towers The decision is at the bottom of this email

Local group Vita Nova have made a video about their work which is available on You Tube 

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Empty Homes find out more about reporting empty homes 

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Boscombe and Springbourne Health Centre is open 8am until 8pm, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Appointments can either be pre-booked by phone (01202 727969) for registered patients; or urgent walk-in appointments are available throughout the opening times by coming to the health centre. The Centre is at 11 Shelley Rd Boscombe. 

This week?s Spotlight Local Organisation

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Could you help in Boscombe with the Poppy appeal? lots of help is needed both in preperation, and during the appeal from 23rd October. please email me or give me a call if you can help 07515 355 982

Current Planning Applications for Boscombe West (For other area's see Bournemouth Council Planning)

Planning and Transport

List of Live Applications in Boscombe West

Prepared on 01 October 2009

Date Application Location Proposal Applicant Ward Officer Conserv Area Publicity Expiry

30/07/2009 7-2009-13008-C 42-44 Palmerston Road Alterations, extensions and conversion of premises Magnacourt Limited BW SG 29/10/2009

into 10 flats with bin and cycle stores

09/09/2009 7-2009-14555-O Honeycombe Beach Erection of a temporary concierge office - Existing Barratt Homes BW JMA 09/10/2009

unauthorised structure

20/08/2009 7-2009-13016-G 2-4 Adeline Road Erection of a 2/3 storey block of 14 flats with bin and Drs Poulton, Beswick, BW JMA V 25/09/2009

cycle stores and formation of vehicular access and Gannon, Blaszczyk,

parking spaces

28/08/2009 7-2009-5204-L Flat 5 31 Boscombe Spa Road Alterations and erection of a balcony and balustrading Mr & Mrs Reed BW JMA V 09/10/2009

21/08/2009 7-2009-19653-A 81 Palmerston Road Alterations and change of use of shop to flat with bin Mr R Plate BW JMA 25/09/2009

and cycle store

21/09/2009 7-2009-7259-O 630 Christchurch Road Erection of an internally illuminated fascia sign, an Abbey National PLC BW SC

externally illuminated projecting sign and an internally 

illuminated automated telling machine sign

09/09/2009 7-2009-7259-N 630 Christchurch Road Erection of an externally illuminated fascia sign and an Abbey National PLC BW SC

internally illuminated automated telling machine sign

01/09/2009 7-2009-16801-D 7-8 Undercliff Road Alterations and additions including single storey Mr M Mills BW RC J 09/10/2009

extension to enlarge existing holiday accommodation

02/09/2009 7-2009-15869-A 7-7A Churchill Road Formation of dormer window Mr David Hughes BW SJS M 09/10/2009

02/09/2009 7-2009-2042-AF 552-556 Christchurch Road Alterations to elevations of premises McDonalds Restaurants BW JMA 09/10/2009


02/09/2009 7-2009-2042-AE 552-556 Christchurch Road Erection of 4 externally illuminated fascia signs and 2 Mc Donalds BW LJA 09/10/2009

internally illuminated projecting box signs Restaurants Ltd

28/09/2009 7-2009-2520-L 493b Wimborne Road Change of use from (A2) Offices to (A5) Hot Food Mr Salim Mehson BW RSP 28/10/2009


22/09/2009 7-2009-7364-F 3 Ashley Road Alterations, 2/3 storey extension and conversion of European Equities Plc BW RC 22/10/2009

existing premises into 1 shop and 5 flats with bin and 

cycle storage

15/09/2009 7-2009-5566-S 9 Palmerston Road Erection of 1 retail/office unit , 4 flats and 2 flatlets Mr L Batchelor BW RC 23/10/2009

with bin and cycle stores

17/09/2009 7-2009-10222-C 85-85a Palmerston Road Erection of a two storey block of one maisonette and Western Challenge BW SJS M 23/10/2009

two flats with bin and cycle stores Housing Association

21/09/2009 7-2009-7022-F St George's Mansion, 29 Florence Road Reduce crown of one Beech by 2-4m and crown thin Mr A Palmer BW JEK

by removal of four stems from eastern limb. 

30/09/2009 7-2009-7213-D 10-12 Drummond Road Alterations and erection of a 2/3 storey block of 10 Kingsands Ltd BW RC

flats with associated bin and cycle stores and 

formation of parking spaces

25/09/2009 7-2009-23839-B Former medical records store Erection of a 2 storey Health Centre (Class D1) with NHS Bournemouth and BW JMA 25/10/2009

adjacent to 58 Palmerston Road bin and cycle stores and formation of vehicular Poole

access, parking spaces - Reduced scheme

Appeal Ref: APP/G1250/A/09/2104202

San Remo Towers, Sea Road, Boscombe, Dorset BH5 1JY

? The appeal is made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against a refusal to grant planning permission.

? The appeal is made by San Remo Towers Ltd against the decision of Bournemouth Borough Council.

? The application Ref 7-2008-175-AG, dated 6 October 2008, was refused by notice dated 27 March 2009.

? The development proposed is conversion of underused basement areas into 4 flats.


1. I allow the appeal, and grant planning permission for conversion of underused basement areas into 4 flats at San Remo Towers, Sea Road, Boscombe, Dorset BH5 1JY in accordance with the terms of the application, Ref 7-2008-175-AG, dated 6 October 2008, and the plans submitted with it, subject to the following conditions:

1) The development hereby permitted shall begin not later than three years from the date of this decision.

2) No machinery shall be operated and no deliveries taken at, or despatched from, the site during the course of the construction of the development hereby permitted outside the following times 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday, 08.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays nor at any time on Sundays, Bank or Public Holidays.

3) The flats shall not be occupied until the cycle storage facilities shown on the application drawings have been provided and the cycle storage facilities shall thereafter be kept available for the occupants of the flats at all times.

Main issue

2. The appellant has submitted a Section 106 unilateral undertaking to make contributions towards the provision of open space/recreation facilities, mitigation of the impact on the Dorset Heathlands Special Protection Area (SPA) and transport infrastructure. The Council accepts that the contributions set out in the submitted unilateral undertaking would be sufficient to overcome the additional burden that would be placed on local facilities and infrastructure and thus the reasons for refusal relating to these matters.Appeal Decision APP/G1250/A/09/2104202

3. I therefore consider the main issue is the effect of the proposed development on the living conditions of future occupiers of the proposed flats and existing residents of the block.


4. The windows currently serving the areas to be converted provide only a little natural light to enter. However the proposals include enlargement of the windows in a manner very similar to that carried out in earlier conversion works elsewhere in block E with the same orientation. When I visited some of these flats I found that even in the mid-afternoon, natural light in the main living areas was sufficient to provide reasonable and pleasant light levels. The living conditions of future residents would not in this respect be unreasonably poor. Further having regard for the Council?s Design Guide : Residential Development 2008 I consider natural light levels would not therefore necessarily result in significantly less efficient use of resources than would be the case in other flats in the block with a similar orientation.

5. I have considerable sympathy with the many residents who have expressed concern at the proposed changes to the building?s communal facilities. However I saw at my site visit that the baggage room is not extensively used. Laundry facilities have been provided elsewhere and although these are smaller in scale, the refurbished flats I saw have washing machines and it can reasonably be assumed that machines have been installed in many other apartments in recent years. New kitchen and toilet facilities would be provided, the snooker table would be relocated to the residents? lounge and card playing also could continue in this retained space. Residents would thus continue to have access to these existing facilities albeit in a different from. Whilst I acknowledge that the snooker table would be a large and prominent feature in the residents? lounge this is not sufficient on its own to justify dismissing the appeal.

6. I conclude that the proposed development would have no significantly harmful effect on the living conditions of future and existing residents and I find no conflict in this respect therefore with Policy 4.19 of the Bournemouth District Wide Local Plan 2002.

Other considerations

7. The development would introduce 4 new dwellings to the area and thereby increase the burden on local facilities and infrastructure. The Dorset Heathlands Interim Planning Framework 2007 document sets out the cumulative impact of new development on the Dorset Heathlands and a strategy for mitigation. The Interim Planning Framework document: Developer Contributions for Transport Investment 2007 sets out the cumulative impact of development on the transport infrastructure of Bournemouth and includes mitigation schemes for accommodating the effects. It is likely in my view that future residents will want to travel for work and recreation and insofar as the submitted unilateral undertaking makes contributions to these I give it substantial weight.

8. The demands placed on public open space on the other hand are typically more local and I have seen no evidence with regard to the adequacy of local facilities


Appeal Decision APP/G1250/A/09/2104202

or proposals for what provision may be necessary to meet any increased demand in the area. Paragraph 4.2 of the Council?s Supplementary Planning Guidance: Open Space and Recreation 1999 acknowledges there may be cases where a contribution is not needed for local facilities. On the basis of the evidence before me I therefore give this element of the undertaking little weight.

9. The Council has granted listed building consent for the works on the basis that the proposed light wells are subservient in scale, appropriately spaced and largely obstructed from view. I have no reason to disagree and conclude that the proposed development would preserve the special interest of this grade II listed building.


10. In order to protect existing residents from unreasonable disturbance I have attached a condition limiting the hours of operation of machinery and deliveries. The development would be small in scale and neither a restriction on other working nor a requirement for approval of a method statement is therefore in my view necessary. Whilst I note that cycle storage would be provided within an existing store, a condition requiring its provision and retention is necessary to ensure that it is available to new residents throughout their occupancy of the flats.

Olivia Spencer


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