Branksome Park Minutes 9th June 2010




  • Terry Stewart President John Sprackling Chairman
  • Wayne Hancock Vice-Chairman
  • Keith Alcroft Planning Officer
  • Bob Young Magazine Advertising
  • Carol Parkin Minutes Secretary
  • Cllr Mrs Carole Deas
  • Cllr Mrs May Haines
  • Cllr Neil Sorton
  • Ken Sanson Chairman, Sandbanks Assn
  • Approx 10 Members/Wardens


JS welcomed CD, MH, NS & KS and all those present.

Apologies: Apologies received from Stan Alfert, Roy Pointer & Chris Stracey

Accuracy: JS said that he would sign the Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting held on 14 April 2010.


Poole Pottery/Old Orchard/Quay Thistle Hotel sites update: JS reported…
1.    Quayside (former Dolphin Quays) development – No new developments

2.    Poole Pottery factory buildings in Sopers Lane (Development of land at York Road to create a 116 bed care home with an associated Day Centre) – Application refused on 29/03/10 now subject to a three day Planning Inquiry (APP/Q1255/A/10/2126019) commencing on 05/10/10.

3.    Former Poole Pottery & Swan Inn site – No new developments

4.    Quay Thistle Hotel site – ditto

5.    Old Orchard House.

39-61 High Street – ditto

Planning Enforcement, TPOs/Tree replacements – update:
JS reported…
Bella Rosa, 37 Haven Road (Erection of blue oblique glass screens positioned around the timber decking area located at the front of the property) – The smoked glass screens have now been replaced by clear glass.

55 Canford Cliffs Road (Removal of the gates, railings, fence and hedge, and the erection of a low stone wall with planting behind) – A Breach of Condition Notice against Barrington Homes requires work to be completed by 29/06/10.

19 Mornish Road (Tree replacement) – A tree replacement notice was served and the Local Planning Authority (LPA) have looked into taking legal action for failing to comply with it. However, it turns out that it is not a criminal offence to fail to comply with a Tree Replacement Notice but a civil matter. There is, at the moment, financial resource issues across the public sector and the unit does not have the resource to pursue this civil matter.
JS reminded members that, at the beginning of the Budget round last September, he wrote to the Leader of the Council, Cllr Dr Brian Leverett, stating that the Assn and other Residents’ Assns regarded it as an unacceptable step to reduce the number of officers performing non-statutory duties such as Tree
Protection, Planning Enforcement and Economic Development. As a result, the budget for the Planning & Regeneration Service Unit was treated as a special case.
It was, unanimously, agreed the Assn should write to the Head of Planning & Regeneration, again, saying that it was the residents’ wish to see the Council actively pursue the tree replacement at 19 Mornish Road to protect Poole’s environment.

15A Westminster Road (Erection of railings over 1 metre high partly along the frontage of 15a Westminster Road, being adjacent to a highway. The boundary treatment then changes to a double close boarded fence over 1 metre high which continues along the frontage of Westminster Road,being adjacent to a highway and then turns South-West and continues down the boundary with Dalkeith Road being also adjacent to a highway)– No new developments

2 Compton Avenue & 93 Lilliput Road (Boundary treatment) – A new hedgerow will be planted once all the work at 4-6 Compton Avenue has been completed.

Compton Acres – There is a small area of offices occupied by a company not associated with the gardens, However, due to the poor wording of planning consent 02/02998/039/F, permission for offices not necessarily ancillary to Compton Acres has been granted. This wording affectively undermines any enforcement action but as the offices let out are only a couple of rooms and, even if the permission was properly worded, it may well not of been expedient for the LPA to take action over such a small change of use.

Community Working Group (CWG), Progress re Sir Michael Pitt’s recommendations & IDeA Report: JS reported that Roy Pointer had attended the Community Working Group meeting on 05/05/10 and said that the Minutes of the meeting would be circulated with the Minutes of tonight’s meeting.
TS has asked for a copy of the draft Community Engagement Forum mentioned in the CWG minutes but has not yet received this. JS said that he would follow this up.
The next Community Working Group meeting is fixed for 21/07/10, 2-4:30pm in the Study, Upton House

Poole Beaches and Coastal Defences: No new developments

Council Tax 2010/11 & Council’s Budget Monitoring report: In the absence of William Mutlow, JS reported on the Council Budget Monitoring Report (01/04/09 – 31/03/10) presented    WM at last night’s Cabinet meeting, which shows a provisional surplus of £3,433m which will be allocated to 2010/11 unearmarked reserves. NS confirmed that this was largely as a result of ‘one offs’ such as the Planning Reward Grant and cannot be relied on for next year. Another windfall was a refund from HMRC of non-domestic rates on Council property.

Poole Partnership: JS reported that, this afternoon, he had attended the Stronger Communities Partnership Meeting. Topics under discussion included…
•    New coalition government ‘Big Society’ policy and implications for the stronger communities agenda
•    The Stronger Communities section of Poole’s Sustainable Community Strategy 2010 – 2026
•    Draft Community Cohesion Strategy
TS pointed out that Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has issued a letter saying that future housing decisions should be devolved down to the relevant council, and he assumes that in future Poole Council will have control of major development sites, and asked JS if there was any comment on that at the meeting. JS replied that there had not been.
CD said that the Conservatives’ Green Paper on Planning was being issued as a White Paper and JS hoped that some of the proposals contained in this would, eventually, be implemented.
Martin Heath commented that it was important that Poole Council had robust policies, such as H4, in its Core Strategy and JS said that public consultation on the subject of ‘saved’ policies was due to take place soon. JS said he would let MH know when the consultation begins. He is already in touch with the appropriate officer about other ‘saved’ policies, namely, BE23 & H10.

Chairman’s note: It is anticipated that public consultation on the Issues & Options/Preferred Approach for proposed Development Management policies will commence on the 2nd August and close on the 1st October.

Canford Cliffs Village & proposal to plant trees in Haven Road: MH reported on progress regarding planting trees on Haven Road, in Canford Cliffs. MH handed out some plans for the planting. These showed four new trees. The two reasons for this are a) that they serve as a traffic calming measure and b) to make the shopping parade a more attractive area.    The arboriculturist says that there would have to be the loss of two car parking spaces in order to make room for the planting of the trees. At a Traders’ meeting yesterday, MH spoke about the scheme but, unfortunately, there is rather a lot of opposition to this from the traders.    May pointed out that the Council have no funding available to pay for this scheme and she will check the actual cost per tree at the meeting next week. Canford Cliffs Land Society will also not be contributing to this scheme.
MH asked the plan could be circulated with the minutes so that residents could feedback their comments and suggestions, before she has the next meeting next Thursday.
There was a lot of discussion from the floor about the proposed scheme – proximity of the bus stop, double parking, parking on double yellow lines etc.
JS wound up this discussion by thanking MH and Keith Alcroft for all the work they have done on

Public Rights of Way:

Westminster Road end of Dalkeith Road – No new developments.

Buccleuch Road to Lakeside Road – ditto

Bessborough Road – ditto

Possible Charitable Status for Assn: JS has still to set up a small Sub-Committee to look at this.

Canford Cliffs Play Area/Pinecliff Gardens (Sunken garden) MH reported that she is still pursuing the Canford Cliffs Play Area. CD gave an update on the Pinecliff sunken garden. This is still going ahead, albeit slowly, and the Council seem to be very pleased that there is local interest in this. CD hopes to hear more this week.

Use of Assn’s Capital Reserve – No new developments but the Notice Board at the Canford Cliffs Library is being well used and is much appreciated by the library staff.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – JS is pursuing.

Poole Council’s Business Transformation Programme – No new developments.

BPCCRA Spring 2010 Magazine: JS said that he would like to thank John Gunton for the distribution of the Magazine. Approaches have already been received for advertisements in our Autumn 2010 edition.

Funding for Westbourne Medical Centre and the NHS Dental Practice in Westbourne – Chairman’s note: I omitted to refer to this at our meeting. Members will recall that Jim Wilson raised this at the Assn’s AGM. JW wrote to me on 30/05/10… “…Westbourne Medical partners are meeting with the CEO of the PCT on Tuesday and it is possible that may wish to come back to me. In the meantime, perhaps the (BPCCRA) can give some thought as to who amongst its membership would like to associate themselves by representing the Association on a small oversight committee of say a maximum of one or two persons.”


Keith Alcroft reported

6A Dalkeith Road (Demolish existing property and build new contemporary dwelling) – Application registered on 10/05/10 and letter of objection lodged on behalf of Assn on 25/05/10.

Land at 5 Brackenhill (Sever land and erect a three bed detached single storey dwelling, with attached single garage at lower level) – Application registered 01/06/10. KA will look at this one.

4 Lawrence Drive (Demolish existing buildings and erect 1 block of 8 apartments with assoc parking) – Application refused on 05/03/10 is now the subject of an appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2128771) The final date for statements & representations is 01/07/10

Other current planning issues

Former Cafe building, Compton Acres (Change of use of former cafe building A3 to playschool D1) – Application registered on 06/04/10. Likely to be approved subject to a condition which would limit the use of the gate to outside of the playschool operation hours. The owners of Compton Acres still wish to use the gate for occasional service access which prevents its permanent closure. Any condition imposed would also restrict further accesses being created through the East (Canford Cliffs Road) & North (private road) boundaries as the above condition would not restrict this

11 Leicester Road (a) Outline application to erect a 59 bedroom care home (class C2) with associated parking (15 spaces), bin & cycle store (revised scheme) (APP/Q1255/A/09/2118175) & (b) Conservation Area application to demolish existing dwelling & associated buildings (revised scheme) (APP/Q1255/E/09/2118176) – Awaiting Planning Inspector’s Decision letter.

The Cottage, Kingsgate, 7 The Avenue
(a) Demolish existing and erect a block of 5 apartments and associated garages) – Application was refused by Planning Committee on 25/03/10 but subject to ‘Written representations’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2126736) Final date for statements & representations was 02/06/10.
(b) Erect a detached house on land adjacent to The Cottage and erect detached garage to The Cottage.
– Application registered on 01/06/10.

5 Highmoor Road (Demolish existing building and erect 1 block of 9 apartments with basement parking, bin & cycle stores) – Application was due be determined at Planning Committee meeting on 15/04/10 but this was deferred.

2 Tower Road (Demolish existing dwelling and erect 3no. detached houses with integral garages) – Application refused on 05/05/10.

11 Westminster Road (Demolition of the existing building and construction of three detached houses with associated parking and access. (revised scheme – Application refused on 17/05/10 is now the subject of a appeal Hearing (APP/Q1255/A/10/2129589) The final date for statements & representations is 20/07/10

7 Lakeside Road (Erect a three storey block of six x two bed flats and one three bed duplex with basement parking. (Revised scheme) – Application refused on 19/05/10.

24 Ravine Road
(a) (Demolish existing dwelling and erect replacement dwelling with integral garaging. (Revised scheme) Amended plans received 08/12/09 and 25/01/10) – Application refused under delegated authority on 29/01/10 is now the subject of appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2122302) to be determined by Written Representations. The final date for Statements & representations was 29/03/10.
(b) (Erection of replacement dwelling (revised application) – Application granted by Planning Committee at meeting on 03/06/10.
Other current planning issues

2 Crawshaw Road
(a) Demolish existing dwelling and erect two 3-bed detached houses with associated parking)
– Application withdrawn on 13/04/10.
(b) Demolish existing dwelling and erect x 2 detached dwellings with on site parking. (Revised Scheme) – Application registered 25/05/10. Local concerns.

Land adj 1 Over Links Drive (Sever land and erect a new detached house (Revised Scheme) – Application refused by Planning Committee on 10/12/09 is subject of a ‘Written Representations’ appeal (APP/Q1255/A/10/2120940) The final date for statements & representations was 10/03/10.

6 Durrant Road Demolish existing dwelling and erect x2 detached dwellings. (Revised Scheme) As amended by plans received 01/10/09) – Application refused under delegated authority on 11/12/09, now the subject of Written Representations appeals (APP/Q1255/A/10/2121180). The final date for Statements & representations was 10/03/10.

Canford Cliffs, Promenade 2 (a) Construction of 18 new beach huts – Application No: 08/24380/005/F & (b) Conservation Area application to demolish 8 beach huts (nos 99-106) adjacent to Canford Cliffs Chine. Application No: 08/24380/007/U The applications were registered as long ago as 22/01/08 &13/02/08 respectively. MH will keep the Assn advised of any further developments.

4-6 Compton Avenue (Non material amendment of planning permission 06/12687/005/F to extend basement parking, an additional staircase, two roof lights, convert half gable window to full height) – Amended plans lodged on 13/05/10..

8 Shore Road – BPCCRA will continue to monitor possible tree work application.    An entrance has been created on the Haven Road side of this property. This property is up for sale at is ‘offers’ in excess of £2m.

60A Kings Avenue (Tree Replacement Notices to replant 3 Scots Pines) – Confirmation awaited that the Council’s Arboriculturist visited both 60 and 60a to check tree issues and that letters sent to the owners requesting planting under Treework/Planning conditions.

4.    ACCOUNTS TO DATE – JS reported that the total funds as at 31st May amounted to £35,726.


Vice- Chairman – JS reported that, following his plea for a Vice-Chairman at the Assn’s AGM, Wayne Hancock had volunteered to take on this role. JS thanked WH for agreeing to be Vice- Chairman and his appointment was, unanimously, approved with a show of hands.

Overhanging Hedge at Kenilworth Court, 3 Western Road – MH reported that the hedge encroaches onto the pavement, which is not wide to start with, leaving no room for two people to pass easily. She has arranged a meeting between herself, a Highways Enforcement Officer and a representative of Kennilworth Court. Where the hedge has already been cut back it looks rather unsightly, as Leylandii does not regenerate. Mike Parkin pointed out that these dead parts are quite dangerous as they are at eye level. JS expressed the hope that the Management Committee of Kenilworth Court might be willing to replace the existing hedge with another hedge.

Date of next meeting – This would normally be held on Wednesday 14th July 2010 but this clashes with next Canford Cliffs & Penn Hill Area Committee meeting. It was agreed to change the date of the Assn’s meeting to 21/07/10. This meeting will be concluded by ‘Wine & nibbles’ to enable members to meet socially.

Lilliput Medical Centre (LMC) – The Elms Estate Assn (EEA) would welcome members’ support for the Council’s proposal to make a modest extension to the existing yellow lines at the junction of Elms Avenue/Sandbanks Road; also, to impose No Waiting and No Loading [at any time] restrictions.
Details of the proposals have been posted close to the Lilliput Medical Centre and published in the Advertiser [03/06/2010]. Full details can be obtained from Transportation Services [Steve Dean]
Any objections against or support for the proposal must be submitted by 01/07/2010
EEA fully supports the proposal which is designed to [1] avoid congestion at the junction of a very busy main road [2] prevent tail back from the entrance to the LMC car park [3] improve sight lines at the entrance to the car park.
It is anticipated that the proposal, in conjunction with constructive and ongoing discussions between EEA, the LMC landlord and occupiers regarding better layout and management of the car park, and designed to create more tuning space, will encourage more visitors to use the carpark instead of Elms Avenue. It is often the case that parking spaces remain unused because visitors experience problems at the entrance/exit and/or moving around the car park.

branksomepark,com website – The webmaster. Tom Thurston, posted his first ever ‘news’ item on 26/05/10 about the alleged arson attack at 11 Leicester Road the site. JS said that Tom would like other similar news items + photos to post on the website.

The meeting closed at 8.15pm

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 21st    July 2010 in the Main Hall at Branksome St Aldhelm’s    All Parish Centre (Entrance via Lindsay Road)

Chairman’s Note: Members may be interested in the following letter which I’ve just received.

Legal & Democratic Services
Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, Dorset BH15 2RU

Operator: (01202) 633633 Fax: (01202) 633706

DX No. 123820 POOLE 7

Direct Dial: (01202) 633036

Please ask for: Steve Cattle E-mail: Your Ref: Our Ref: SC/jab Date: 7 June 2010

Mr J Sprackling 23 Lindsay Road Branksome Park Poole BH13 6AN

Dear Sir/Madam

I write to advise you that a special Meeting of the Canford Cliffs and Penn Hill Area Committee will be held
on Monday, 19 July 2010 at 10am in the Conference Room, Civic Centre, Poole to consider the making of a
Definitive Map Modification Order in respect of Footpath 82 (Spur) between Sandbanks Marina Yacht Boatyard and No.48 Panorama Road, Poole. The Constitution requires that Area Committees shall have responsibility to deal with various functions relating to public rights of way, including the power to make a Definitive Map Modification Order. This Meeting will be open to the public and an Agenda and Report will be available in due course. –
It is anticipated that a number of people would wish to make representations at the Meeting and, therefore, it has been necessary to devise guidance on who will be able to speak and for how long. Therefore, the following will apply for this Meeting: • Those persons wishing to speak at the Meeting must register with the Assistant Democratic Services Manager, either by telephone (01202 633026) or by e-mall: no later than 24 hours before the commencement of the Meeting on 19 July 2010
• Speakers will be decided on a first come basis • Up to a maximum of 4 people can speak for each side and speakers will be given no more than 5 minutes each, (up to a maximum of 20 minutes for each side) • At the end of the debate, speakers who have registered will be allocated a further one minute to sum up.
If you require clarification on any of the information contained in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me. As mentioned above, the Agenda and associated report will be available on the Council’s Website from Friday, 9 July 2010, or you may obtain a copy direct from me.
Yours sincerely

Steve Cattle

Assistant Democratic Services Manager

T.M. Martin LL.B Solicitor

Head of Legal & Democratic Services