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19 January 2011, 13:29
Plans for seventeen new affordable homes and a modern community centre in Strouden Park are being considered by Cabinet on 26 January 2011.
The first site at Bradpole Road has an existing community centre which is no longer fit for purpose and plans have been made to replace it with a brand new facility as well as nine family houses.
The second site at Craigmoor Avenue will see a disused play area developed with eight new bungalows.
Councillor Peter Charon, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing said: "I am absolutely delighted and thrilled that we are looking to increase our housing stock to provide much needed affordable housing in Bournemouth as well as providing residents in the area with a brand new community centre. The Council is fully committed and it is one of our key priorities to provide more affordable housing in the town which is vital for local families."
He added: "The new bungalows will be a valuable addition to the Council's housing stock allowing some of our more elderly residents to move in to more suitable and affordable accommodation and in turn freeing up under-occupied family housing elsewhere in the borough.
I know that Strouden residents have needed a new community facility for many years and so this new building will provide residents with an enhanced facility so that a range of activities can be continued on site. I am also pleased that the scheme is partly funded by contributions from other developments both in the locality and across the Borough and also an £80,000 contribution from the existing users of the community centre which will be used to pay for part of the fitting out of the new one."
The scheme will also be funded by the Council's housing capital and through prudential borrowing. In addition the Council has submitted a bid for £901,000 to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The total cost of the scheme is £2.2m (£430,000 for the community centre and £1.77m for the housing).
If approved by Cabinet, work on the scheme is likely to start in March/April 2011 with completion in Summer 2012.