Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee held at 18 Sandbourne Road at 1.00pm on Monday 28th February 2022


Present: Ken Mantock (Chairman), Jean Bird (Vice Chairman), Hilda Brownlow, Elaine Cooper, Jean-Daniel Kursner, Sally McGrath (Membership Secretary), Alex McKinstry, John Soane (Built Environment Officer)  and Paul Newsome (Minutes Secretary).


Apologies: Phil Stanley-Watts

  1. The minutes for the meeting held on 24th January 2022 were agreed.


  1. Matters Arising from the Minutes.
  • Public Benches in The Square.  Still missing including the one BCS donated. Ken to email council as to their whereabouts.


  1. Built Environment.
  • Cleaner, Greener, Safer Bournemouth.  Ken and John met Cllr Nicola Green on 16th February – a useful meeting and action on grass cutting, bin emptying and graffiti is planned.  It remained uncertain whether action on graffiti on private land was receiving enough attention so we must keep the pressure on this.
  • Local Plan. The sub-committee of Jean, Elaine, and John S met on 7th February and a summary of their conclusions would be circulated to councillors once comments on individual development site proposals was added in..  Consultation now ends on 25th March so congratulations to Alex on his petition.
  • Glenferness Avenue Cycle Lanes. Plans include 2 new bridges and tree felling.  John S would object on behalf of the Society.
  • Westover Road. We would need to check latest plans for regeneration and restoration here.
  • The plans would need checking when published – John S to do this.
  • Savoy Hotel. The Society supported the plans in principle but needed to check final detail.
  • Throop and Muscliffe Area Forum. A meeting had taken place on 24th We would carry forward our objection to the A338 flyover being included in the local plan.
  • Lingdale Road Play Area.  The Society should object to the inclusion of the play area as a development site in the local plan
  • Pokesdown.  J-D met local councillors and the Pokesdown Community Forum Committee. We will continue to work together on issues of mutual interest.
  • Boscombe  Regeneration work and proposals recently updated and publicised in The Echo and are looking good.
  • Southbourne Beach Development.  The Bistro on the Beach complex had been demolished! Plans for replacement building still to go in front of Planning Committee.
  • Winter Gardens.  The Council was looking to develop more of the land by linking across to the BIC site.


  1. Heritage and Conservation.
  • Keith Spicer Building, Cleveland Road. A reply from the developer concerning the re-siting of the plaque to the pocket park at  Springbourne Library was awaited.  An email exchange in early February with ward councillors and the Planning Department looked positive.
  • Builders of Bournemouth. The review of Colin Harding’s new book would be completed this week.
  • A to Z of Bournemouth. Bill Hoodless book would be published in March and reviewed in the Newsletter.
  • Stour Valley. There would be a workshop at 2pm on 3rd March
  • 2022 Building Beautiful Awards. Flyer received from the RFAC
  • Russell Cotes Centenary Celebration. There would be a ‘Road to the Museum’ exhibition.
  • Bournemouth Retail History Study. John had included Beales and the other historic department stores in his book and had recently spoken with Kate T at Bournemouth University re the Oral History project.


  1. See John Soane’s written reports for January 2022
  • 169 Broadway Lane, Throop.  An application to reconstruct and extend an existing small suburban house and build a similar one alongside.  The Society considers this development to be too high and too massive to fit with adjoining low rise bungalows and that it should be refused
  • 74 Covena Road.  An application to replace commercial premises with two very small bungalows.  These would occupy almost al of a very narrow site and the Society considers that this is too high a density and should be refused.
  • 12 Westby Road.  A plan to re-order the residential space within a semi-detached building with a small two storey extension at the back.  This should be allowed.
  • 8 Old Priory Road.  An application to build a two-storey extension to a late 19th Century two storey house.  The Society considers that the façade should be improved and that the application should be deferred for further discussion.
  • Rear of 20-22 Hankinson Road.  The plan to build a two-storey block of five flats at the back of an existing double plot formerly occupied with a factory.  The front of the site is taken up with two detached houses with the entrance to the flats situated between them.  The Society considers this proposal to massive for the site and that the design should be improved so the application should be refused.
  • 62 Harland Road.  An application to reconstruct and extend an existing mid 20th Century detached house.  The Society considers that this should be deferred to allow further discussion relating to the design.
  • 5 Seafield Road.  An application to replace a mid 20th Century ‘Arts and Crafts’ house with a three storey block of 6 flats.  The Society considers the modernist design would be out of place with the surrounding area and should be refuses.
  • 28 Browning Avenue.  An application to allow an attached garage to be heightened to create an additional bedroom.  The Society considers that this should be allowed.
  • 8 Lansdowne Road.  An application to alter an existing retail/residential building to create four flats on the upper three floors.  This should be allowed.
  • 3 Paisley Road.  An application to utilise an unbuilt section of site occupied by an early 20th Century property to build a very small two-storey dwelling.  This would occupy all the unbuilt section and should be refused.
  • 90 Parkway Drive.  An application to demolish a substantial post war family home and replace it with 3 smaller family homes.  The Society considers that the site should be restricted to two houses and that the application should be deferred.
  • 67-71 St Michael’s Road.  An application to demolish a three/four storey series of terraced properties and replace them with a purpose-built three-storey @arts and Crafts’ block of flats.  The Society considers the design to be out of keeping with adjacent properties and that it would be preferable to preserve and re-use the existing structures where possible.  This application should be deferred for further discussion.
  • 9-11 Knole Road.  An application to demolish two 20th Century houses and replace them with a block of 20 flats designed to appear to be two separate three-storey blocks.  The Society considers that the new footprint would be toolarge for the sites and that the application should be deferred.
  • 10-12 Lorne Park Road.  An application to demolish one of the last pair of 19th Century houses and replace it with a modernist five storey block of flats.  The Society considers this to be a clumsy attempt to fill the site and that it should be deferred to permit an improved design.
  • South Western House and adjacent buildings.  The Society considers that the existing buildings were the worst designed building ever built in Central Bournemouth and that the proposed new buildings are an improvement but that the scheme should be deferred to allow improvements to the facades and a reduction in the number of storeys on some of the buildings
  • Savoy Hotel. This is an application to extend the Hotel on the north side to provide additional much needed facilities.  In general this provides a greatly improved appearance but the Society considers that there should be alterations to the façade and therefore the application should be deferred for further consideration.
  • Lyndon Court Hotel. An application to replace a mid/late 19th Century mansion with a much larger block of 37 flats.  The Society considers that the size and style of the proposed building would not fit with the surrounding buildings and that it should be refused.


  1. Planning Committee .
  • February 3rd. Plans for 8 Meyrick Park Crescent were  approved as was that for 27 Feversham Avenue.
  • February 17th. Plans for the former coal yard off Asley Road were approved
  • March 8th. The agenda would be checked for Bournemouth applications when available.


  1.   Communications Timetable.  The next newsletter would be published in April/ May


  1. Civic Voice.  High Street Heritage Action Zones were amongst the latest campaigns.


  1. Membership Officer’s Report.  J-D had an active programme to encourage membership from BH6 and was securing new members and interest in our work. Poster to be created and other ideas followed through.


  1.  Webmaster’s Report.  All good and up to date, all enquiries being followed up.


  1. Treasurer’s Report:
  • Current Account. £43,518.32


  1. Caroline Peach Meeting. A very good meeting attended by Ken, and John S see Caroline’s report already circulated and where the following topics were discussed:


  • Planning restructure
  • Cliff End Hotel
  • Electric charging points for cars
  • Local Plan
  • Boscombe regeneration
  • Civic Design Award Scheme
  • West Cliff Hotels
  • East Cliff Hotels (Cottonwood Etc|)
  • Cleaner, Greener Safer Bournemouth
  • Graffiti on private land
  • Throop Mill and Hicks Farm
  • Southbourne Conservation Area and Heritage Assets
  • Dorset Council and BCP Council Heritage Assets HLF project
  • Environment Policy – clearing public areas and graffiti on private land


  • Any Other Business. 
  • Society 50th Anniversary in 2022. It was agreed that the celebration should include:
  1. Afternoon AGM and Tea at the Miramar Hotel on Sun 24th July at 2pm (Ken and Hilda)
  2. An updated version of the 40th Anniversary Booklet (Alex to co-ordinate)
  3. Key Rings for all members (Ken)


  • Motabitz, Christchurch Road –Future of Art Deco building, Alex to send John S info to check and comment on the plans
  • Raffle Prizes – These to be collected from Beryl ahead of the AGM/50th Anniversary day.
  • Change of Character Roads – We need to clarify what the Council exactly mean by this in the Local Plan Options Consultation

.Next Meetings


Mondays 28th March and 25th April at 1pm at 18 Sandbourne Road





Ken Mantock

28th March 2022                                                                               Chairman