Pennyfarthing Homes submits reduced bid to renovate former Coastguard Steamer Point complex in Christchurch – and appeals initial rejection


A HOUSE BUILDER seeking to develop the former Steamer Point site in Christchurch returned with a scaled-down second plan after his first attempt was rejected by advisers.

Pennyfarthing Homes is also appealing the BCP Council’s rejection earlier this year – against the advice of planning officers – of its initial plan to build 26 properties in the former Coast Guard complex.

The new demand is to demolish the existing buildings and replace them with 21 housing units.

Pennyfarthing has launched a new offering for 21 beauty spot homes

Ben Arnold, Director of Lands and Planning at Pennyfarthing Homes, said: “Following the denial of our previous planning request for 26 houses at Steamer Point, we have submitted a call to Planning Inspectorate as we strongly believe to the original request which was initially recommended for approval by the BCP planning team before rejection in committee.

“However, despite this, we have decided to submit a new revised town planning application for 21 dwellings which includes a block of nine apartments with underground parking and 12 houses.

“Due to the excellent and high quality designs which will see the redevelopment of an existing abandoned brownfield site to provide new homes in the BCP area, we believe that both projects are appropriate in the planning context and are worth considering. approved.

“The redevelopment will include the provision of seven new affordable off-site homes located at 280 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, which are badly needed and will help increase BCP’s housing supply. “

The developer appealed against the rejection of its initial designs
The developer appealed against the rejection of its initial designs

The new scheme includes 70 parking spaces in total – an increase from the current 31 – as well as landscaping.

The first request was rejected by the PCO council planning committee after more than 150 people objected, including neighborhood councilors.

Critics said the four-story block was too large for its clifftop location and would have a “detrimental” impact on the nearby nature reserve.

Most recently used by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the Steamer Point land was purchased several years ago by Pennyfarthing.

The MCA had previously obtained a building permit for houses there following an appeal against the then Christchurch Borough Council for twice refusing projects.