Point House flats rejected again

An appeal by developers against the refusal for flat development on the site of The Point House Cafe in Southbourne has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector. 

The popular cafe, which closed in 2006, is the last house in Poole Bay for walkers taking the coast path from west to east. Being alongside the coast path it was the natural break for refreshment before tackling the section over Hengistbury Head to the Mudeford Ferry. 

Harrison Developments’ plan to demolish the cafe and build a four storey block of flats drew over 800 objections.The Inspector, Andrew Newman, says: “The larger scale and mass of the proposed building by comparison with the existing building on the site, combined with its contrastingly modern design and prominent location on the cliff-top, would cause the proposal to have an unacceptable impact on the appearance of the area.”

Mr Newman described the former cafe as “a much appreciated amenity” valued by local people.

Point House, which opened in 1963, had several famous regular visitors including Rolf Harris and Alex James. It was also used as a location for The Project, a BBC television drama about New Labour, starring Ian McFadden.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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