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5 December 2018, 09:33 | Updated: 5 December 2018, 09:37
Plans have been submitted to build housing on the old magistrates court and police station site in Christchurch.
Developers want to construct 170 houses and flats in Bargates. The proposal also includes new parking spaces, pedestrian crossings and an 'ecology buffer'.
If approved, the development will provide a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership, open market sale, and starter/discount sale properties for people in the area.
The homes would comprise of one and two-bedroom flats and two, three, four and five-bedroom houses.
Aster said: 'Further to extensive engagement with the local community and businesses in the area, Aster has incorporated various elements to the plans, to address specific feedback obtained throughout the consultation process. For instance, the housing association has incorporated an ecology buffer on Twynham Avenue to minimise the impact of the development on existing residents, designated space for pay and display short stay parking in a bid to help local retailers and demonstrated how improved pedestrian crossings at Bargates and Barrack Road could be delivered.
'The application, which includes space for commercial units has also been adjusted further to the local consultation. This non-residential space which has been reduced in capacity, has already generated expressions of interest from organisations including an educational visitor attraction.'
Amanda Williams, group development director at Aster Group, said:
“Our vision is that ‘everyone has a home’ and at the heart of our organisation, we are focused on providing homes for those that need them, and at a price point they can afford. This proposed development of affordable housing in Christchurch, is a great example of how we take feedback from a local community and shape a plan that delivers a mixture of homes which serve a local need. We look forward to hearing feedback on our application in the new year.”