Twin Sails

Priority Sites within Twin Sails regeneration area

Newbridge Point (former Power Station)

A planning application has been received for the residential development of up to 850 homes including family housing and waterside apartments, car parking, commercial and office uses and green spaces with a children’s play area.  Associated infrastructure will include new highways such as part of the Port Link Road and a network of pedestrian and cycle routes connecting the town centre to Hamworthy, the recreation ground and Carter Community School. The old harbour wall will be upgraded to ensure the new development is protected from tidal flooding for the next 100 years.

Status: Planning application

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The phased development of the former Pilkington Tiles site first received planning permission in 2012 and around 160, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments have been built and sold.  The full application proposed a mixed-use redevelopment of 268 dwellings including 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses and a number of business units; serviced by 436 car parking spaces.  Associated infrastructure included new highways such as access from Blandford Road, completion of part of the Port Link Road and public open spaces.  The current phase of Carter’s Quay includes building the remaining dwellings, retail and office space.  This phase will form part of the continuous quayside which will help transform the area for business, living, leisure and tourism.

Status: Partly implemented / approved

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A full application has been approved for over 350 homes plus shops, cafes, restaurants and workspace for start-up businesses. The new buildings, on the former timber yard, will be provided in seven blocks ranging from 3 to 14 storeys above ground level in addition to under-croft parking for 345 cars and a servicing area.  The development will be set around a marina with space for approximately 23 vessels and a public quayside walkway that will connect with developments on Carter’s Quay (former Pilkington’s Tiles) and Newbridge Point (former power station).

Status: Planning approved

Land between the Bridges

A major application has been received for the land between Poole Bridge and Twin Sails Bridge.  The proposal is to demolish the existing buildings to make way for a mixed-use development of 562 residential apartments together with two ground floor food and drink units, office workspace and a replacement facility for Poole Amateur Rowing Club.  Associated infrastructure will include car and cycle parking, a new quayside walkway and additional landscaping.

Status: Current registered application

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Land between Twin Sails Bridge & RNLI - West Quay Marina

This application relates to the former City Bay Views, Chinese restaurant. In 2017, planning approval was given to the site next to the Twin Sails Bridge.  It included the demolition of the existing buildings and a mixed-use redevelopment to include 291 high-quality 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, 221 car parking spaces and 874 sqm of commercial space for restaurants and shops. The buildings range in size from 5 to 9 storeys. Associated infrastructure will include the landscaping of a central square providing high quality amenity space and tidal flood protection for the next 100 years.

Status: Planning approved

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Land between Twin Sails Bridge & RNLI - Adjacent to the RNLI

An outline planning application on the land adjacent to the RNLI, including part of the site occupied by Sunseeker, was also submitted and approved.  It was for a mixed-use building of 56 residential apartments and commercial units with associated underground parking.  It could also provide a new base for the Sea Scouts as well as providing access to the new public quayside and the slipway at Whittles Way.

Status: Planning approved

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Since 2000, the RNLI have embarked on a number of re-developments at their Headquarters on West Quay Road including a sea-survival training centre and an RNLI memorial sculpture with associated landscaping works.  Most recently, in 2012, the RNLI applied for planning to the demolish existing buildings to construct an all-weather lifeboat building and maintenance facility to bring every stage of the lifeboat building process in-house and under one roof. The scheme also included the construction of new quay wall, raising the level of the site to ensure the area has tidal protection for the next 100 years.

Status: Constructed

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Lifeboat Quay (former Dalgety Mills)

The land alongside Lifeboat Quay, a gateway entrance to Poole, has seen phased development over the last 15 years.  Asda received planning permission for a multi-use proposal for the site in 2002, including a supermarket, social housing, residential flats, a hotel, offices, restaurants and a gym. The Asda superstore, car parks and 64 social housing flats, were built by 2004. By 2007, the Aqua development of 96 waterside apartments and incorporated restaurant were completed and in 2011 a 125 bed Travelodge hotel with a top-floor gymnasium, space for two restaurants, a coffee shop and associated parking were developed.

Status: Completed