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This saga has been going on since December 2015, when the nursing home finally closed its doors. Click the picture below for the original Echo article. That picture is taken from the article, which was perhaps a bit naughty of them as it gives the impression that the residents were just thrown out without notice, possessions in a bin bag! That picture was actually taken around 2007 when there was a bomb scare and the residents had to be evacuated quickly. As is usual in these homes, relatives had taken their suitcases home and there was not time to get them, so they just took a few essential supplies.

Evacuation in 2007 after a bomb scare. On the left Cllr Lesley Dedman and Mary Ward, Matron.
Click the image to go to the Echo page, but take the picture with a pinch of salt!

Since 2015 this development proposal has been a source of some annoyance and frustration for local residents. The general intent is to demolish it and build flats. After much debate and submissions of plans, two years later in December 2017 permission was once again refused. I quote from the planners’ report: ‘While reasonably localised in its extent, the effect of the scheme would be to diminish unacceptably the character and appearance of the surrounding area.’ Click for the original article.

However, in the time since closure there have been issues of anti-social behaviour and vandalism, and in July 2018 there was even a public meeting of local residents. Here is a picture taken in November 2018, and as you can see it looked a mess. I doubt that the wire barriers would keep a determined vandal away!

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There have also been complaints about storage of various industrial vehicles, cement mixers, and so on. Here is a picture taken taken today, 21 December. I’m not sure what is happening, but it is certainly busy!

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Here is an article in today’s Echo. It is listed in Christchurch BC planning documents, one of the elevations is reproduced below:

Click the image for all the documents for the latest proposal.

The complete planning documents are here, with other views. To find previous ones, do a search on the Christchurch BC planning page. Unfortunately it is not possible to do a direct link. Searching in the lower section (Search by address) on this page for the word Pinebeach finds it.

Finally, a link to all the relevant documentation for this latest application, and a chance to make comments until January 10.

December 26 2018 – Supplementary to the above, here is a letter, copies of which are outside one of the residents’ homes. The revised proposal could be quite significant in terns of the locality. Please read and take action if you think it appropriate.

See the letter here (pdf).

18 April 2019 – It is reported in today’s Christchurch Times that the fourth set of plans has now been withdrawn by the applicant. The background is that in December 2016 an application by Lifecare Holdings Ltd to demolish the current building and replace it with a block of ten flats was granted by Christchurch Council. This approval lapses after three years, leaving only eight months to begin work.

After discussion between the Council and the application, the plans were withdrawn. in 2017 another plan had been turned down, involving a larger build on the site.

Local residents are waiting to see what happens next!

23 May 2020

It’s been going on for a long time – somewhat over a year since the last progress on this, and in fact if you read the full details, the whole thing started in December 2015!

Well, now the Bournemouth Echo has given a dramatic update with the following heading:

Christchurch’s Pinebeach Nursing Home site set for demolition

Work is at last going on, and a visit yesterday showed the demolition in progress. The final design of the building have yet to be decided: another look at the application shows no new documents since January last year. Here are some images of the demolition.

24 June 2020

It’s almost gone! An enormous amount of demolition work has been done. There are two pictures below. There is nothing new in the Planning Application, so alas nothing else to report.

8 August 2020

It’s gone!

7 September 2020

This could be the last update about Pinebeach for some time. It has been tidied up and hoarding erected all around, so now there is nothing to see. The next update will be when the building gets high enough to start to show!

1 December 2020

They are working hard now. Luckily the workmen had opened part of the hoarding, so I was able to get a shot of them in action.

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5 April 2021

It’s gone! This is Pinebeach (as was!) this morning. As you can see, they have done even more of the demolition. Click to view the gallery.