Redknapp Wins Planning Permission For Luxury Development

Former football manager Harry Redknapp’s property development company has been given planning permission to redevelop a Bournemouth hotel which is currently being used as bedsits into luxury apartments.

Pierfront Developments Limited, owned by Redknapp and his wife, bought the former Belgravia Hotel in 2016 for £1.25m. Two former planning applications have been refused but the current application will allow the property to be converted into 14 flats with an adjoining coach house converted into five mews-style houses.

The former hotel is currently being used as bedsits housing homeless and vulnerable people and the BBC article expresses concerns that the occupants have been given eviction notices. However, the report quotes Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council as saying that this ‘does not have significant bearing on planning considerations.’

Bournemouth generally is an upwardly mobile area in property terms, with the average property price in Boscombe being in the region of £245,000 according to Zoopla. Therefore, putting aside misgivings about the change of use, this seems to be a smart piece of business for Redknapp’s property development company.

Source BBC
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