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

at 2.00pm on Monday 28th October 2019


Present: John Barker (President), Ken Mantock (Chairman), Jean Bird (Vice Chairman), Elaine Cooper, Sally McGrath (Membership Secretary), Beryl Parker (Social Secretary), John Soane (Built Environment Officer, Paul Newsome (Minutes Secretary) and Phil Stanley-Watts.


 Apologies: Hilda Brownlow and James Weir (Heritage and Conservation Officer). 


Presentation.  Simon Black of Summit Developments assisted by members of his team explained the revised scheme for the Richmond Gardens site.  This comprised 211 apartments in four blocks with a mix of studios, one, two and three-bed flats all available for rent (none to be sold).  There would also be an additional half deck on the adjacent car park for the use of tenants.  The committee considered this to be a big improvement on the original scheme (which was still awaiting a decision in the appeal process) and gave their support in principle, subject to sight of the final plans submitted to the Council


  1. The minutes for the meeting held on 29th July were agreed.


  1. Matters Arising from the Minutes:
  • Membership and Raising the Profile of the Society. Completion of the Civic Voice

‘toolkit’ to be done at a future committee meeting

  • Bournemouth University Graduate History Project.  The legacy work needed to be

put on the website – it was now ready for review (John B volunteered to do this) then

up on website and use at exhibitions and wider distribution.

  • The Society’s 50th Anniversary in 2022.  The sub-committee (Ken, Beryl, Elaine,

Hilda, Jean and John S) needed to arrange a meeting to discuss ideas.

  • 1920s Postcards.  The postcards had now arrived from Brisbane, they need to be digitalised and uploaded to the website and then passed to Bournemouth Libraries for retention pending the establishment of a Bournemouth Museum. The Echo would be

kept informed as this was an interesting “good news story”.  Alwyn Ladell would load

them to his Flikr page. Ken was seeing him after this meeting to progress this.

  • BNSS Victorian Heritage Day.  David Bird represented the BNSS  and John Soane

the Civic Society at this event.

  • Russell Cotes Museum.  Fliers have been distributed for up coming events.
  • Whites Farm.  John S would check the plans


  1. Built Environment.
  • Wessex Fields. The judicial review was disallowed and the Council is now revising

the scheme.  Construction of the first section into Wessex Fields was on-going

  • Surfing Lagoon. No news on the inland surfing lagoon other than it has been not entirely well received since contrary to local and regional planning policies but there is now a plan for a coastline reef at Hengistbury Head which appears equally as ill-


  • Southbourne Heritage Forum. The appeal in respect of the Renaissance flats had

been deferred to 7th January and lots of work continued to protect local heritage buildings and open spaces. We would continue to support the Heritage Forum’s work

and let BCP Council know of this through the meetings with Caroline Peach.

  • Winter Gardens. The revised scheme would shortly go to the Planning Committee

with a  recommendation to approve.


  1. Heritage and Conservation.
  • Regent Cinema. James had noted that revised plans had been received and accepted by the Council that were a step in the right direction but still not supportable. It was questioned why the Council had not rejected the previous

plans rather than accept their substitution.

  • Hicks Farm. Concern was still felt towards the plans for Hicks Farm and their

impact on the Conservation Area.

  • Former URC Church, Southbourne Road. Plans for houses and access on to

the former burial ground had been refused by the Council. This was welcomed.

  • Palace Court Theatre. Bournemouth Little Theatre continuing to celebrate its’ centenary with a nostalgic visit to the Theatre on 16th November including a talk by James.


  1. Planning.  See John Soane’s report: 
  • 102 Watcombe Road. Application for a 2 storey extension was acceptable to

the Bournemouth Local Plan – support.

  • 58 Charminster Avenue. The plan to convert a two-storey family home into

five flats was contrary to the townscape policy of the Local Plan – refuse

  • 99 Columbia Road. The application to build a bungalow at the rear of a

dwelling house did not meet the policies of the Local Plan – refuse

  • 217 Holdenhurst Road. A plan to convert a semi-detached property into six

flats failed to meet the townscape policy of the Local Plan – refuse

  • 8 Bradpole Road.  The application to make internal changes and a two-storey

addition to a house (on adjacent vacant land) should be allowed.

  • 116 Carbery Avenue. The application for a narrow side extension should be

deferred pending re-design of the fenestration

  • 193 Redhill Drive. This plan to build a new dwelling house on a corner plot

should be deferred as the plot is too small for the proposed development.

  • 4 Herbert Road. The application is to build a two/three-storey extension on to a 19th Century residence to create five flats, it failed to meet the townscape policies

of the Local Plan and should be deferred.

  • 22 Truscott Avenue. The application is to build a small house on the site of a disused garage – it is too large for the site and should be refused.


  1. Planning Board Observations.  No reports, future observers:

October – Phil

November – Elaine

December – John S


  1. Communications Timetable. Newsletters had been circulated – copy date for the

New Year issue was 4th December.


  1. Civic Voice.  The newsletters had been circulated.


  1. Activities Officer.  The Autumn programme, including the Christmas lunch was

   complete and waiting for circulation with the New Year Newsletter


  1. Membership Officer’s Report. Three new members


  1. Webmaster’s Report. All up to date.  Many email queries that had been replied



  1. Treasurer’s Report:  Current account balance was £37,231.16


  1.    Meeting with Caroline Peach.  The meeting was on 4th October and Jean


  • Planning Board Meetings. Reorganisation is still underway
  • No news on Westover Road cinemas, but the Westbourne Bingo Hall

is now likely to become a gym

  • Richmond Gardens – see above
  • Lansdowne Pedestrianisation. Currently under review
  • Surf Reef – see above
  • Belvedere Hotel. A revised scheme has been submitted
  • East Cliff Lift. No plan to reopen due to cost.


  1. Any Other Business
  • Elaine’s Book. Elaine account of her year as Mayoress will be launched on 26th November


Next Meeting – Monday 25th November at 18 Sandbourne Road.

Note: No meeting in December.


   The meeting closed at 15.55                     

Ken Mantock

25th November 2019                                                                      Chairman