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Fortitudo submits scaled down homes application for Jumpers roundabout site in Christchurch

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SCALED down plans for homes in a prominent roundabout location in Christchurch have been unveiled.

Property developer Fortitudo Ltd has submitted an application for 39 homes on a site fronting Jumpers roundabout after initial plans for 55 units were thrown out in the face of overwhelming opposition.

The previously proposed four-storey block of flats adjacent to the Tesco petrol station, which had been likened to a "prison block", has been shrunk down to three floors in an effort to appease objectors.

The proposed block for Jumpers roundabout has been shrunk down to three floors
The proposed block for Jumpers roundabout has been shrunk down to three floors

Initial proposals, which were turned down by BCP Council in December, had sparked 275 letters of objection from residents urging refusal on various grounds, including the impact on surrounding roads that are already "snarled up" and overlooking of nearby properties.

Christchurch Town Council, Natural England and BCP Council's highways team were also opposed to the scheme, and council officers had cited a "clear reason for refusal on flood risk grounds" and pointed to a "lack of amenity space and poor living environment" for future occupiers of the homes.

However, the developer said it had altered the scheme to take into account the council's concerns.

"In light of the reasons for refusal of the previous application the flatted block has been re-designed, which has resulted in the loss of an entire storey," stated the application.

"This proposal reflects the domestic scale of building on The Grove but also has regard to its location fronting onto a prime transport corridor, which allows for higher density development.

"This will make efficient use of land in a highly sustainable location by providing additional dwellings to help meet local housing need that the local planning authority is currently failing to meet."

Fortitudo said while the development was "larger in scale" than surrounding buildings, it would "read as a landmark building" that would enhance the area.

Corner of Barrack Road and Grove Road in Christchurch (Picture: Google) (47283960)
Corner of Barrack Road and Grove Road in Christchurch (Picture: Google) (47283960)

It accepted that many of the flats did not provide private amenity in the form of balconies, but countered that the application site is opposite Bernards Mead, an area of public open space.

"The proposal retains the main identified characteristic of residential development which will both integrate with and enhance the varied type and style of housing," the application continued.

The building's design would ensure it was flood resistant and able to deal with surface water run-off, stressed the developer.

There have not yet been any comments in support of or against the application.

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