Bowling Green House, Poole, Dorset

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urban-dorset

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This is an explore from a while back, but re-discovering the photos today I thought it worthy of a short report. The pictures were taken with my old camera, so the quality isn't that great. I know, a bad workman blames his tools!

This house was located in a very expensive area and following several failed planning applications it had been boarded up. In 2010 there was a mysterious fire, blamed on vandalism, which practically gutted the property.

Previously, the house had been the subject of several unsympathetic extensions (not to mention ghastly plastic windows and exterior paintwork!) to the side and rear (other houses in the area of similar design haven't been ruined), meaning the best thing about it was the swimming pool. I didn't go inside the property as it was absolutely trashed by the fire and not even worthy of one photo!

In 2014 the remains were razed to the ground, and the pool filled in. There are now plans to put a swanky, big house on the land, although there is still no sign of any building work.

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To be honest i dont think its the windows that let the place down its the color of the building - if that place had been painted with a brilliant white with a strong eggshell black color along the bottom foundations i think that place would have looked wonderful.
 

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It would have been nice until someone with no taste had a go at it..... and then the mysterious fire of course!
Maybe I am getting too cynical in my old age but it is strange how many "mysterious fires" occur just after planning permission has been turned down.

Do you know what was built on this plot after the house was demolished?

Cynical me thinks that there are now several smaller properties on the plot.

Also, tell me to mind my own business if I am being too nosey but whereabouts do you live in Dorset?

I live in Christchurch and I haven't come across many urbexers from this area before.
 

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There were numerous planning applications:

2017: to erect 2 No. 4 bedroom detached houses - Granted.
2014: Demolition of existing dwelling and redevelopment to provide replacement dwelling - Granted.
2009: Demolish existing dwelling and erect a 59-bed care home. Refused and subsequently Dismissed at appeal.

The fire was in May 2010...


I think there are now two big houses on that plot, because they couldn't get a care home through planning. Agreed that those mysterious fires can be handy.

I'm in Poole, but there's nothing around here, urbex wise. Best was Holton Heath Labs, but they have been flattened now (a church is going to be built on the land).
 

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There were numerous planning applications:

2017: to erect 2 No. 4 bedroom detached houses - Granted.
2014: Demolition of existing dwelling and redevelopment to provide replacement dwelling - Granted.
2009: Demolish existing dwelling and erect a 59-bed care home. Refused and subsequently Dismissed at appeal.

The fire was in May 2010...


I think there are now two big houses on that plot, because they couldn't get a care home through planning. Agreed that those mysterious fires can be handy.

I'm in Poole, but there's nothing around here, urbex wise. Best was Holton Heath Labs, but they have been flattened now (a church is going to be built on the land).
A church to be built where there were laboratories. Progress?
 

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A church to be built where there were laboratories. Progress?
Yes, where the labs were has now been flattened. I think they are keeping a couple of buildings, but not the main one - that has gone.

It's definitely a bit odd that a church is going to be built there! As for progress...
 
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