'Legoland' West Quay Road Plans Refused

Planning permission's been refused for a massive waterfront complex of apartments and offices in Poole.

Developers wanted to build 377 flats in six blocks and a 12-storey tower next to the lifting bridge. The tower would have had a roof garden which was open to the public one day a month.

There was considerable opposition to the proposals, with campaigners nicknaming the development "Legoland".

Councillor Philip Eades, Chairman of the Planning Committee, Borough of Poole, said:

“The committee listened carefully to the arguments put to them by both sides.

"We appreciate the community and economic advantages of this scheme including parking provision, a new rowing club and new public quayside.

"However, it was felt that they were outweighed by the shortcomings such as the impact of Block F on the Old Town Conservation Area, the impact of overshadowing on residents of West Quay Mews and the fact the development does not respect the historic and maritime heritage of Poole.

"The committee therefore voted democratically and unanimously to refuse the application.

"However, we hope the applicant will take on board our comments and work closely with both officers and the community prior to submitting a revised application in the future.”