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Residents oppose Poole’s Thistle Hotel site proposals

Dozens of angry residents have now filed objections to the proposed redevelopment of the Thistle Hotel site on Poole Quay

The plans were officially submitted last year.

Dubbing it “Fisherman’s Dock,” London’s MHA first unveiled its program in May 2020, but filed finalized plans with the PCO board last October.

Its finalized plans would see a mixed-use project of five buildings, including a 118-bed hotel with restaurant on the top floor, 228 apartments, 270 parking spaces and a commercial space overlooking the quay.

The Thistle Hotel site, comprising the parking lot to the north and wasteland to the east, is allocated in the Poole Local Plan for housing and a new hotel.

Previously, the “under-exploited” land had been the subject of four unsuccessful development applications in 2004, 2008 and 2009.

Dozens of people have expressed their opposition to the latest proposals on the BCP Council’s planning portal.

Among them, Eleanor Hammond-Warren, of Stanley Road, Poole, said: “The scale and mass of development is far too large.

“It doesn’t match the character of the wharf conservation area.

“Any development on the site must be sensitive to the heritage of the area and the scale must conform to the old warehouse buildings east of the wharf at their absolute maximum.

“The density of people that it is proposed to settle in this area is a huge over-subscription of the land. It will in no way improve the economy of the region, nor its current residents.

“It will clog a lot of vehicles and people on a very small area of ​​land.

“This is overdevelopment on a significant scale directly on Poole Quay.”

Meanwhile, Vicki Sheen, of Harkwood Court, Poole, simply said: “This is a tragic and ugly plague on Poole.”

And Doreen Wretham, of Newlyn Way, Poole, said: “Far too dense and too high for the development of the docks.

“Not in line with the atmosphere and the predominantly pedestrian use of this end of the quay.

“The quality of the historic connection to the sea and the work boats will be lost, making it more like Docklands or Canary Wharf. ”

Speaking during the presentation of the plans last year, MHA Development Manager Andi Kercini said: “The proposals we have submitted will transform this site into a destination of choice.

“A new boutique hotel, apartments with great harbor views and a thriving cultural and commercial space will all contribute to a spectacular regeneration for Poole.”

The request remains under study by the BCP Council.