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Today, September 11, 2018, I saw a surveyor at work outside 169 Lymington Road. This surprised me, so here are two photographs. The first shows a tripod set up – the surveyor was a little way down Lymington Road, towards the golf course, with another tripod.

From the garden

It was obviously quite a nice bungalow in its time:

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Here are details of what will be happening:

Location: 167-169 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Christchurch, BH23 4JS

Proposal: Appearance, Landscaping, Layout, Scale for Demolition of Existing Buildings and Erection of up to 17 Apartments

Decision: Granted

Decision Date: 20/04/2018

Finally, here is a link to the not very informative planning application, on the Christchurch website.

Update, 8 January 2019

Starting soon. This is a picture of the bungalow above. It is now inaccessible, but I was able to get a picture by holding the camera above the fence. It looks like preparation is under way, with more detritus in the garden. There are also a lot of building materials in the thatched house next door.

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17 April 2019: Starting Very Soon

It is a case of Now you see it, soon you won’t.  As you can see from the picture, a fence is being erected around this thatched house, presumably before the demolition work begins.

The fencers are there

The link to the planning application is above, and all of the plans and drawings are there. However a picture of one of them is below if you want to have a look.

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27 May 2019: Almost all Gone

One of the bungalows has completely gone, and there is only a tiny bit of the thatched one left. I expect that construction will be starting soon.

12 June 2019: Nothing Left

A few days ago the site was empty, and the building should be starting soon.

15 September 2019: A Little Progress

It looks like building work is about to start.

14 January 2020: Progress indeed!

As you can see from the first photograph, access is – quite rightly – very secure, and the second picture had to be taken through the protective wires. However, you can see that the buildings are slowly growing. Amazing to think it is well over a year since the first pictures, at the top of this page.

19 January 2020

A better picture, taken lying on the floor with the lens poking under the gate!

18 March 2020: Higher and Higher

Another one taken lying on the floor with the lens poking under the gate! Compare with the above. Click for a larger image.

As you can see, they are now well up to the roof, and progress has been impressive. Compare it with 12th June, above.

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11 January 2021 – Looking Good

Although progress has been slower than expected, it was interesting to see how these flats are taking place. Must say, from the description on the gate, they will be impressive!

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7 February 2021 – Looking Even Better!

The development is called The Hoy, and it really does look very smart. It is not quite finished yet, but the pictures below give a good impression. I have looked for this development, but have not been able to find a website, even on the Colten Homes pages. No doubt when they are ready to move into there will be more.

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Noter that the picture below is not very good. The road was busy, and there is some nervous camera shake as I had to stand in the middle!

4 April 2021 – Getting Nearer

Another picture of the flats, taken this morning. Unfortunately there was a large and impressive piece of machinery in the way (though someone – not me! – had bent the wire on the fence so I could poke the lens through, thank you to them), but it still gives an idea of how good they look. It shouldn’t be long until they are ready to move into.

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