Minutes of a ‘Zoom’ Meeting of the Committee held at the Invitation of

Paul at 7.00pm on Monday 28th June 2021

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

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

  1. Minutes. The minutes for the meeting held on 24th May were agreed.

2. Matters Arising from the Minutes. No matters arising.

  1. Built Environment.

  • Boscombe Area Town Development. Elaine represented the Society at a workshop

  • Cleaner, Greener, Safer Bournemouth. Reply received from Cllr Anderson.in response Ken has asked for Westover Road to be prioritised.

  • Parks and Green Spaces. The Society needs to submit its’ response to the consultation on the Green Infrastructure Strategy

  • Stour Valley Park and Hicks Farm. John Soane would be commenting

  • St Stephen’s Church Hall. The use of the Hall to provide facilities for rough sleepers was noted. J-D and JS were happy with the proposals.

  • Southbourne Crossroads Car Park. See John Soane’s digest.

  • Purple Flag. The submission has been received.

  1. Heritage and Conservation.

  • Blue Plaques. No response from Michael Stead, Ken would chase.

  • VCs in Bourneouth and the WW1 Indian Hospital in the Town Hall. Rod Cooper had contacted Roger West. Roger had forwarded the message to the Council.

  • Civic Design Award Scheme. Ken would chase the Council, Caroline Peach and others had signalled their support.

  • St Clement’s Church. Was the Church closed? Elaine would investigate.

  1. Planning. See John Soane’s written reports for May.

  • 261-263 Windham Road. An application to extend a small semi-detache1d house to provide additional accommodation. The Society agrees with local opinion that it would be too large for the site and should be refused.

  • 320 Iford Lane. An application to demolish an existing 20th Ce1ntury building and replace it with four semi-detached properties and a small bungalow. The full illustrated plans had not been published and the Society would comment later.

  • 156 Iford Lane. An application to build a one and a half storey property on undeveloped land near the railway line. The Society considers that the site is large enough but that the property should be sited differently and consequently the application should be deferred for further consideration.

  • Fairview House, 17 Hinton Road. An application to build an eight storey block of 49 flats to replace a late nineteenth century mansion block currently used as offices. The Society considers that the wider perspective of Hinton Road can be preserved only if new structures are limited to six or seven stories and consequently this application should be deferred for further consideration.

  • 35 Ophir Road. An application to create a second floor roof extension to an inter-war family house. The Society considers that the uncoordinated shape of the proposed dormer window would be out of keeping with its neighbours and the application should be deferred for further consideration.

  • 117 Southbourne Overcliff. An application to remodel an interwar family house to create a second floor. The Society is not happy with the design of the windows which are inappropriate to the design of the house and the application should be deffered.

  • Woodrisings, 10 Branksome Wood Road. The application is to replace a 1970s terrace of flats with a very large five storey block of 55 flats. Such a large development would seriously affect the quality of life of neighbours and should be refused.

  • 541 Wimborne Road. An application to create three small flats and an office area within an existing two storey shop with flat above. The resultant accommodation would be inadequate and ove r crowded and should be refused.

  • Talbot Public House, 59 Wimborne Road. This application to convert a well known architectural landmark into 10 flats, the Society commends this sympathetic conversion and recommends its approval.

  • 1446 Wimborne Road. An application to build a very small chalet bungalow on a severely restricted and narrow strip of land. The Society considers the site to be totally inadequate and recommends refusal.

  • 7 Talbot Avenue. An application to make alterations and extensions to a care home based in a fine arts and crafts family home. The Society applauds the sensitive way the alterations are set out and consider that it should be allowed.

  • Flat Development, Southbourne Crossroads. A plan to build four blocks of 27 flats on the existing cliff car park. The Society is unhappy with the design of the blocks which are not sympathetic with neighbouring properties and as it fails to come near to the townscape policies of the Bournemouth Town Plan it should be refused.

  • The Chequers Hotel, 17 West Cliff Road. The plan is to demolish the existing hotel and replace it with a four/five story block of 21 flats and six holiday flats. The Society strongly supports the proposal and recommends its approval

  1. Planning Board Observations. Ken commented on the three Bournemouth

applications that had been decided.

  1. Communications Timetable. The June Newsletter had been distributed together

with the accounts for 2020/21, the Bournemouth and Beyond events listing and a

membership application form. Thanks to Ken for writing and to Sally for distributing.

  1. Civic Voice. John Soane represented the Society at the Southwest Conference.

  1. Membership Officer’s Report. One new member. The new membership forms would be issued out widely.

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

11. Treasurer’s Report:

  • Current Account. £45,356.28. John Soane1’s expenses (£16) paid.

  1. Caroline Peach Meeting. The next meeting would be at 2pm on 6th or 13th August – Jean to confirm.

  1. Any Other Business. There was no other business.

Next Meetings

Monday 26th July via Zoom at 7pm. 23rd August – venue and time for the August meeting to be confirmed later

Ken Mantock

26th July 2021 Chairman