New Highcliffe Flats

Flats in Highcliffe

Interesting update, 23 August 2019

It was reported in the Bournemouth Echo that a planning application to convert one of the shops into  flats has been rejected. Facing from the road, the left-hand shop has been let to Ethos Care Services for some months. The one on the right has remained empty since it was built. Quote from the article:

‘Consultancy Pure Town Planning, representing the developers, said the application was brought forward due to a lack of demand from businesses.’

This does not surprise me. The shop is not very prominent, is away from the main shops, and is set back from the pavement. Obviously the other shop is fine, as passers-by would not generally pop in as they might with a retail outlet. It is difficult to imagine what could happen with this empty unit.

Ethos Care Services, plus empty shop

The Original Page

As you may know, there has been some consternation about the proposed demolition of the G&Ts building, to be replaced by flats.

As you can see from the Echo pictures, it is not a building of great architectural merit. It is proposed that the new building would have flats above, and a shop beneath – wouldn’t it be great if that was a re-homed G&Ts!

As I live near there, I was delighted to see workmen planting the forefront of the near-completed flats and shops on Lymington Road. The flats do actually look rather good.

Here is what was demolished, the old Tudor House Antiques shop:

Tudor House Antiques

As you can see, though the canopies and the porch look good, it’s really just a ’60s box.

Here is what is in its place:

New flats on Lymington Road

Obviously it is bigger, but it is smart, and by the spring the garden area at the front should look great! As with the proposal for the G&Ts building, there are flats above, and two shops underneath.