Work starts on transformation of former Citizen’s Advice site into affordable apartments in Poole

Work is underway to transform the former site of the Citizen’s Advice office building and some unused scrubland in Lagland Street, Poole, into two smart new developments of affordable apartments.

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The three-storey scheme, which is being developed by leading social housing provider Stonewater to help tackle a critical local shortage of affordable housing, will create 19 energy-efficient one- and two-bedroom apartments for low-cost rent and affordable shared ownership.

Stonewater’s delivery partners for the apartment scheme are Borough of Poole which has supplied the two sites bordering Lagland Street and Globe Lane, and local construction firm Glossbrook Builders. The development will provide 14 affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments in one building and a smaller adjacent block of four one-bedroom and one two-bedroom apartments. Photo-voltaic solar panels will be installed on the roof of the apartments which will generate electricity for the buildings’ communal spaces. The development will also have cycle and refuse stores and parking provision for residents.

“It’s great to see construction underway on the conversion of these two unused sites into much-needed affordable housing that will bring significant benefits to the local community in one of the most expensive places to live in the country,” says Jonathan Layzell, Stonewater’s Executive Director for Development. “We hope these centrally located homes will help address this problem and add value to the local community. We look forward to working together with Borough of Poole and Glossbrook Builders on this project.”

Kerry Ruff, Strategic Housing & Private Sector Manager, Borough of Poole, says: “The provision of much-needed affordable housing in Poole is a key priority for the Council. With almost 1,000 households on the housing register it is important we investigate all options to meet this commitment. Since 2012 we have delivered 105 new affordable homes using council owned land and assets and these additional 19 new homes in Lagland Street are part of a further 160 affordable homes being delivered through schemes currently on site in Poole.”

Due for completion next spring, the development is being financed by Stonewater which has also received £337,919 in grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency for the project.

Nick Dunkerton, Managing Director at Glossbrook, says: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Stonewater on another project to provide affordable housing. Over the years, we have gained a lot of experience in building quality affordable accommodation for a range of public and privately funded providers and this experience also enables us to overcome the particular issues associated with a site in the town centre.”