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Huge regeneration site purchase approved for Poole

Hundreds of new homes are now much closer to being built after BCP Council last night approved plans to buy the former power station site in Hamworthy, Poole.

The Council has reached an agreement in principle to purchase the 40-acre brownfield site on Holes Bay from the landowners, L&Q Estates and Land Improvements Holdings.

This key location, which has been vacant for more than 20 years, will deliver at least 830 new homes in the Local Plan and help meet the Council’s target from government of 2,500 new-build homes a year, as well as provide jobs and commercial opportunities.

Councillor Mark Howell, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Culture, said: “I am delighted that the purchase has been given the go ahead. Regeneration of the former power station site was a key objective of former Poole Council for many years. Control of the site will give us the opportunity to deliver a new community which is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Regeneration of the site will also contribute to the revitalisation of Poole town centre and Hamworthy’s local centre, as well as strengthen Poole’s tourism offer.”

Councillor Kieron Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “This is a significant step forward to delivering a vast number of new homes and is absolutely key in helping the council meet its increased housing target. We now have the opportunity to build high quality sustainable housing, which can be an exemplar nationally, in line with our agenda to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. I’m delighted that we now have a viable proposal to bring this site forward.” The associated expenditure involved in purchasing the land has been made possible following a successful £5 million Local Growth Fund investment from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership which was granted to the Council in January this year.