Major redevelopment plans for Poole Town Centre

Render of proposed Poole town centre.jpg
Images are aspirational and do not reflect actual redevelopment schemes

Multi-million pound plans to regenerate and transform the area in and around Poole town centre have been unveiled. 

A new leisure centre and swimming pool, bus station, a hotel and more than 400 new homes could be built as part of Borough of Poole’s ambitious vision for the area known as Town Centre North. 

The council would need to seek a development partner to bring forward the project, valued at £134 million, which would also include new commercial office space and improvements to public spaces. 

As a major landowner in the redevelopment area, the council is looking to use its own assets, including Kingland Road car park, Seldown car park and coach park and the Dolphin Swimming Pool site, to deliver the scheme. 

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: “The council is ambitious for Poole and wants to create a vibrant town centre where people want to live, work and play. Our vision for the Town Centre North area goes beyond the areas within our ownership, extending to the bus station, bus depot and Brownsea House. 

“We are making positive progress to bring forward our vision for this key area in the heart of Poole. These proposals are significantly larger than anything the council has delivered before and in using our assets we can provide the catalyst for this redevelopment with a private sector partner and build confidence for wider investment in the town.” 

Sketch of the concept for Poole town centre.jpg
Images are aspirational and do not reflect actual redevelopment schemes

Cabinet members will be asked to back proposals to carry out preparations to procure a development partner for the council’s ambitious plans at a meeting on Tuesday 5 December. 

The Heart of Poole prospectus outlines the council’s objectives for the town centre. 

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: "The redevelopment proposals for Town Centre North will provide a significant step change in how people will use this area in the future. The delivery of new homes, office space, improved leisure facilities and transport links will not only benefit local residents, businesses and visitors to the area but will help Poole prosper in the coming years.” 

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