£150 million Bournemouth Winter Gardens scheme receives planning permission


Credit: BrightSPACE Architects

Bournemouth Council Planning Board have approved plans by Bournemouth Development Company, for the iconic Winter Gardens site.

The Winter Gardens scheme will combine new homes, leisure and social spaces, providing a major boost to the local economy, while taking full advantage of an area of the town that has arguably been under-utilised in recent years.

The plans in more detail

  • Residential accommodation in four slender multi-storey buildings, set amidst landscaped grounds
  • 352 homes made up of one-, two-, and three-bedroom flats, as well as a small number of penthouse apartments
  • Nearly 600 parking spaces, including the re-provision of 225 safe and secure public car parking spaces
  • Secure cycle parking areas
  • Up to five units for high-quality restaurants along Exeter Road, and a new food store
  • Dedicated family area
  • New piazza at the junction of Exeter and Cranborne Road
  • Publicly accessible open spaces with opportunities for outdoor cafés and children’s play areas 
  • Widened landscaped pedestrian area along Exeter Road, as part of the Grand Garden Walk, an initiative to provide a continuous promenade for pedestrians and cyclists around the town centre

The Winter Gardens scheme has gained support from a wide range of local business organisations, including the Dorset Chamber of Commerce, Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce, the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, the Bournemouth Coastal BID, and the Bournemouth Town Centre BID.

Did you know?

Bournemouth Development Company has already delivered student flats and parking in Madeira Road, housing in the Citrus Building at Horseshoe Common, and housing and parking at Berry Court on St Peter’s Road.

Cllr John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said:

“This level of development would be impressive in any town or city, but for Bournemouth is a real game changer. The Department for International Trade is now working closely with Bournemouth Development Company and the Council to promote this development internationally as a great investment location, and also Bournemouth as a place for delivering groundbreaking regeneration.”


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