The largest brownfield regeneration site in the South West has been purchased by BCP Council following a successful £5 million Local Growth Fund investment from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

FuturePlaces is owned by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils.

Situated in Hamworthy, on the waterfront at Poole Harbour, the 40 acre site was left vacant following the closure of the former Holes Bay power station in 1994. Being in close proximity to Poole town centre, the commercial Port of Poole and neighbouring residential areas, it has since been designated as an important area for future regeneration and investment by the council.

Now in the ownership of the local authority, thanks to the investment secured by Dorset LEP via the government’s Local Growth Fund, plans for redeveloping the area will now proceed. This will see a major investment from the council, which will deliver up to 900 new homes for the community, as well unlocking employment land that will create new jobs and commercial opportunities.