New affordable housing development takes shape

The construction of 62 new affordable homes at Canford Heath Road has moved forward with the first bricks being laid on site.

Following work to prepare the ground, Borough of Poole Ward Councillors Cllr Sean Gabrieland Cllr Ray Tindle joined staff from contractors CG Fry to lay some of the first bricks on Friday 4 August.

Work so far has included the removal of 300 tonnes of concrete which formed the base of the former police station which previously occupied the site. The majority of this material was able to be recycled, being crushed and re-used in the construction of the foundations for the new apartment buildings.

Work will now continue on the three blocks, which will provide a total of 62 one and two bedroom apartments, six of which will be specialist homes designed to provide independent living for people with both physical and mental disabilities.

Find out more about the Canford Heath Road development  

Cllr Sean Gabriel, Ward Councillor for Canford Heath West, Borough of Poole, said: “It was an honour to be asked to lay some of the first bricks for the new development, which will provide much-needed affordable housing for local families. The six units supporting independent living for people with a range of disabilities are especially welcome. We look forward to seeing construction progress further over the coming months and would like to thank local residents for their continued patience during these works." 

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities Cllr Karen Rampton added: “We are firmly committed to delivering more affordable housing in Poole - with almost 1,000 families on the housing register it is vital that we continue to make this a top priority. I am delighted to see this latest development progressing well.”

Find out more about affordable housing in Poole

The site is being developed by Borough of Poole and Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) and is due to welcome its first residents in late 2018. 

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