This site was an interesting opportunity. Comprised of a number of long rear gardens on Blandford Road, originally belonging to a series of Lady Wimborne Cottages built in the late Nineteenth Century, it was accessed by demolishing a bungalow that dated back to the 1930s.
Its owner was a fantastic character called Ray Hopper who had lived there all his life and kept racing pigeons in lofts that filled most of the rear garden. Many attempts had been made over the previous 30 years by other local and national developers to assemble this large site.
Perhaps it was our simple willingness to sit down and drink tea with the different owners concerned that ultimately enabled us to bring all of the parcels of land together – even if not all of the residents were willing to chat to each other.
There was also believed to be a highways access issue associated with Woodlands Avenue, following its extension into neighbouring housing estates in the 1960s and 70s.
We employed a highways consultant to design and negotiate a solution with the Council, successfully avoiding a potentially crippling ransom believed to be held by one of the owners on the junction.
The site was granted consent for fourteen family homes after a long and sometimes uncomfortable planning application process involving vociferous objection from the local neighbours. The site was subsequently sold to Taywood Homes who have since built and sold the bungalows, chalets and houses here.