Minutes of a Meeting of the Committee held at 18 Sandbourne Road

at 2pm on Monday 22nd January 2018


  1. Present: John Barker (President), Ken Mantock (Chairman), Jean Bird (Vice

Chairman), Hilda Brownlow, Elaine Cooper, Peter Lucas, Sally McGrath (Membership

        Secretary), Beryl Parker (Social Secretary), John Soane (Built Environment Officer, and

Paul Newsome (Minutes Secretary)


  1. Apologies:   James Weir (Heritage and Conservation Officer)


  1.      The minutes for the meeting held on 27th November were agreed subject

to changes to Para 5 – the Dean Park Cricket Ground was not discussed and plans for

the Durley Road car park were not only displayed at the Hallmark Hotel but also

discussed by the Board


  1.   Matters Arising from the Minutes. 
    •   Strouden Park.  A talk to Throop Muscliffe Holdenhurst and Strouden Park Forum By John B and Elaine was scheduled for the evening of 15th February


  1.   The Planning Policy Steering Group.
    • Meeting on 5th February will discuss various matters on the local plan in include a verbal report on submissions received on possible residential development sites.
    • Meeting on 18th May to discuss the Conservation Area appraisals and  management plans for Poole Hill, Old Christchurch Road, West Cliff and East Cliff


  1. Built Environment. 
    • A338/Bournemouth Hospital. See John Soane’s report.


  1.   Heritage and Conservation.
    • Westover Road Cinemas. The developers have lodged appeals
    • Cliff End Hotel. Minor changes to the plans have been lodged so we will review and comment on.
    • Boscombe and Pokesdown. 31st January meeting considering the local plan
    • Heritage and Character Buildings – John B and Elaine attended a meeting on 19th

January at the Town Hall (slides received) and it was a really useful and informative morning.

  • Westbourne Bingo Hall. This was now closed as it was making continuous losses.  The owner had been unable to find a buyer.  As a listed building it was unlikely to be demolished but a sensitive and suitable alternative use needed to be found.


  1.        See John Soane’s report:
    • 40-42 Ashley Road. The proposals were excessive for the site.
    • 73 Alumhurst Road. The plan to replace a nursing home with 5 houses was good
    • 3 Benellen Avenue. The proposed design was hideous and improvement was needed
    • 2 Lorne Park Road. The proposed extra two storeys needed improved fenestration
    • West Hants Lawn Tennis Club. The proposed grounds men’s hut and gymnasium

were out of view from adjacent roads and satisfactory

  • Radcliffe Court. Balcony changes showed improved balance but could be even better if further modified.
  • Rear of 71-81 Southbourne Grove. The proposed conversion of buildings to

dwellings was totally inappropriate.

  • 24 Percy Road. The revised plan for flats did not meet the required standard.
  • 25 Norwich Road. The proposal to convert workshops into flats should be rejected

as the plan offered insufficient light into the dwellings.

  • 2 Petersfield Road. Too many small houses for the site – not consistent with

surrounding properties.

  • 79 Lowther Road. There was insufficient space for the two storey extension
  • 8 Carbery Avenue. The planned building was too large for the site and there had

been 26 letters of objection

  • Wessex Fields/A338. The access road from Ringwood on the A338 was satisfactory but the dumbbell sweep of the return road towards Holdenhurst Village risked damaging that village, opening up the green belt for development and  the historic barn would need to be demolished.
  • 318-324 Holdenhurst Road. The replacement of the car repair workshop with 4

shops and 23 flats will enhance the area.

  • 7-7A Beechwood Avenue. The suggested replacement of the existing Art Deco

bungalow was inappropriate to the area.

  • 8A Wharfedale Road. The proposal to add two storeys to the student block was


  • Queens Park West Drive. See James Weir’s letter


  1. Planning Sub-Committee.  The Society’s Planning Sub-Committee did not need

to meet this month.


  1. Planning Board Observations.  John S attended the December meeting
    • 8 Branksome Dene Road. The replacement of a house with flats was allowed
    • 56 Christchurch Road. The existing house was to be retained.
    • 30 Branksome Dene Road. The proposed new flats were allowed
    • 1-5 Hendford Road. The proposal for 4 houses (infill) was agreed
    • 41 Linwood Road. Conversion to an HMO was agreed
    • 45 Richmond Park Road. An excessive number of small flats was approved
    • University Development – Oxford Road/Holdenhurst Road. Changes to the plans were approved.


  1. Communications Timetable.  Pre-AGM papers, including details of the

    speaker to Sally by mid February


  1.  Civic Voice.
    • Civic Day 2018. Civic Day will be 16th June, a decision on whether to mark it in

Bournemouth would be taken near the time.

  • Civic Voice AGM. The Civic Voice AGM would be in Birmingham on 19-20 October


  1. Bournemouth 2026  Elaine attended the AGM at the Pavilion on 25th November when the speaker was Martyn Sim – ‘What Makes a City Happy’


  • Bournemouth-in-Bloom.  A new handbook had been published – £5 including

free entry to a number of events.


  1. Activities Officer’s Report.
    • Christmas Lunch. The Christmas Lunch at the Connaught Hotel was much

appreciated and rated by those who attended as the best ever.

  • Soup and Sandwich Talks. 20 plus had booked for February event


  • Membership Officer’s Report. Two new members and one resignation – a

letter accusing the Society of letting the community down by not preventing the demolition of the Wessex Hotel – former member said it was Grade 2 listed true, but it wasn’t and he didn’t seem aware of the efforts the Society and others had in arguing against its loss.


  1. Webmaster’s Report. The website was ‘up and running’ well and Ken gave a report on the recent heritage and planning enquiries people had made through it.


  1. Treasurer’s Report: Current account – £13,489.38 following the closure of the

CAF account and the receipt of a £5,000 donation from Mrs Pulham in memory of

her late husband Ken.  It was agreed  that enquiry should be made of Mrs Pulham

about making this gift aided which would give the Society an extra £1,000


  1. Meeting with Andrew England on 28th November

18.1    Peer Review Panel.  John B was thanked for his contribution to the review.

18.2    ‘Right Homes Right Places’  The increase from 700 to 1400 as the number of homes      the Borough was expected to build without funds or details as to the type of property

            was questioned

18.3   Cliff End Hotel.  There was a suggestion that it should be converted into a retirement

            Home but the plans were for total redevelopment in this new form

18.4   Wessex Fields.  The area was reserved as a conservation area and an employment             provider.  For plans for access to the hospital see 7.13 above

18.5   Belvedere Hotel.  Demolition had begun

18.6   C1 Bus Route.  There was a lack of shelters at Alum Chine

18.7   Winter Gardens.  The design and material quality of the proposed building were good but it was too big for the site.

18.8   Toilet Closures.  No more closures were planned.

18.9   Retail Capacity Study.  This had now been completed (and was reviewed by John S

during the committee Meeting)

18.10 Poole Hill.  Hoardings had been placed around the listed building.

  • Open Space Standards for Flats. This was requested


  1. Annual General Meeting. Arrangements for the Annual General Meeting on 9th

    April were complete.  It was agreed that Ken would ask Martyn Sim to be the Guest



  1. Any Other Business. There was no other business


  The meeting closed at 15.50                      



Ken Mantock

26th February 2018                                                                                      Chairman