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.
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
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.