Minutes of a ‘Zoom’ Meeting of the Committee held at the Invitation of  Paul at 7.30pm on Monday 25th January 2021


Present: Ken Mantock (Chairman), Jean Bird (Vice Chairman), Elaine Cooper, Jean-Daniel Kursner, John Soane (Built Environment Officer, and Paul Newsome (Minutes


 Apologies: John Barker (President), Sally McGrath (Membership Secretary) Hilda Brownlow and Phil Stanley-Watts.


  1. The minutes for the meeting held on 23rd November were agreed.


  1. Matters Arising from the Minutes:
  • Committee.  James Weir had resigned from the committee due to demands of his new job and his professional studies. Ken had thanked him for all he had done for the Society especially the Westover Rd cinemas.
  • Barnes Benches. Ken had spoken with Beryl and they had agreed that a bench near Keith’s home in Queens Park would be a good idea but as each bench cost around £2000 rather than buy a second bench for elsewhere in town a sum of £2000 would be better put toward something more interesting and of wider public use. See item re Aviary below. The committee agreed this proposal.


  1. Built Environment.
  • Viking Court, 47 Southbourne Overcliff Drive. Nothing new but J-D was taking an active interest in plans around Southbourne and had contacted residents in Foxholes Road who had contacted the Society. He was also liaising with John S and planned to contact Cllr Kelsey (Chair of BCP Planning Board) with a view to a meeting.
  • Friends of Riverside. Plans were progressing for the Wessex Fields/Hospital Technology Park. No news on Local Plan proposals for residential development at Holdenhurst and on the Green Belt. We were kept informed by local residents and would follow up their suggestion of commenting on the BCP Climate Change strategy.
  • Boscombe Area Town Development. The Council was awaiting outcome of its funding bids.
  • Transforming Lansdowne. Plans for the public realm improvements and partial pedestrianisation were moving forward. Need to keep an eye out for the planning application.
  • Transforming Travel.  John and Elaine to check the proposals for Lansdown and Railway Station and report back
  • Beales and Debenhams.  Plans for alternate uses had been submitted. John has commented on the Debenham plans (supported) and the plans for Beales were awaited but residential use of part of the building was inevitable and if properly designed would be a good use.
  • Churchill Gardens. Plans for the new hub building had been approved by BCP Planning Board. They looked good and we had supported them.
  • Southbourne Cliff Hotel. An interesting email seeking information on this now demolished pub had been received and Alwyn had provided fascinating information from his Flickr archive.


  1. Heritage and Conservation.
  • Throop Mill. Still no news or replies to our enquiries. Jean will chase Caroline Peach.
  • Victorian Tram Shelter, Iddesleigh Road. No news so another item to raise with Caroline Peach.
  • Blue Plaque for Margo Breeze (Durell). Ken had emailed Mike Stead and the resident who had emailed us noting our support for this initiative. We would help contribute to its cost and have asked Mike for ideas of other potential blue plaques as this would be a very good use of the Barnes Bequest.
  • Aviary in Lower Gardens. It was agreed that the Society should make a £2000 grant towards its repairs and have a plaque paying tribute to Keith. Ken would liaise with Peter to make a payment.
  • Echo Building. John to check the revised plans


  1. See John Soane’s written reports:


  • 74 Green Road.  A plan to replace unused industrial premises with two pairs of two storey semi-detached houses together with a fifth house.  The Society considered that the inclusion of the fifth house was over-development and that the plan should be refused
  • 174 Old Christchurch Road.  An application to build a three storey extension to replace an existing two storey extension on the back of a building used as a Night Club should be allowed.
  • 331-333 Charminster Road.  An application to create two new flats at roof level within an early 20th Centur2y structure on the corner of Markham Road should be allowed.
  • 5 Wootton House, Wootton Mount.  An application to demolish Wootton House and replace it with 32 units of social housing.  The Society approves the proposal in principal but considers that the application should be deferred to allow an improved design more in keeping with the townscape policy in the Local Plan.
  • 99 Holdenhurst Road.  No formal application had been submitted for the construction of a 21 storey complex containing 334 one and two bedroom apartments.  The Society considers that design improvements should be made.
  • 24 Stillmore Road.  The plan to build a terrace of three houses on a triangular site near to Ringwood Road should be allowed.
  • 20-22 Hankinson Road.  A plan to build a two and a half storey block of 8 flats on the site of a modernist family residence.  Although the design is in sympathy with surrounding buildings the Society considers it to be too large and that the application should be refused.
  • 7-11 Poole Hill and 39-41 West Hill Road..  The application to restore the former stables of the Pembroke Hotel to create three retail units and four flats.  The Society approves the design and recommend its adoption.
  • 12 Foxholes Road.  This application to replace a 20th Century chalet bungalow with a three storey block of six flats was too large and should be refused.
  • 36 Burnham Drive.  An application to extend a large 1960s bungalow was out of

keeping with adjacent properties and should be deferred for further consideration.


  • 81 Seabourne Road. An application to build a three storey block of nine flats on the site of a modern house and a disused warehouse.  The Society approves the plan in principle but considers it should be deferred to allow for design improvements
  • 4 Maclaren Road. An application to build a chalet bungalow on a long narrow site between larger sites containing other bungalows.  The Society considers the site to be too small for this development which should be refused.
  • 31 East Way. An application to extend an existing two storey 20th Century house to create a pair of semi-detached houses in the same style.  The plan did no comply with the townscape policy and should be refused.
  • 4 Kimberley Road. An application to develop part of a large site failed to take into account the existing large building on the site and should be refused.
  • 284 Holdenhurst Road. An application to convert a shop into a studio flat with insufficient light should be refused.
  • 61 Howeth Road. An application to build three dwelling houses on a corner double plot previously occupied by a single property.  The Society approves the design but considers three houses to be an over-development and it should be refused.
  • Former Highways Depot, Cambridge Road. The plan to construct a complex of 100 flats but had not yet been formally submitted and required further consideration.
  • The Society applauds plans to restore the historic and listed building to its former glory.


  1. Planning Board Observations – No report received
  2.   Communications Timetable.  Production of the Spring Newsletter was underway and Ken would have it to the printers within the next couple of weeks.


   Civic Voice.  Lots of useful information had been received o more campaigning against the new proposed changes to national planning.


  1. Membership Officer’s Report.  No report
  2.  Webmaster’s Report.  All good and up to date, all enquiries being followed up.


  1. Treasurer’s Report:
  • Current Account. £35,790.84 (no change from September)


  1. Caroline Peach Meeting. No date had been agreed for the next meeting so Jean would chase this up.

   13   Any Other Business.

Next Meetings


Mondays 22nd February and 22nd March via ‘Zoom’ and starting at 7.00pm – Paul to be responsible for arrangements.





Ken Mantock

22nd February 2021                                                                          Chairman