Holland plans expansion along south coast into the centre of Bournemouth

J Holland & Sons application Bournemouth AGC
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J Holland and Sons could be set to establish a new AGC in the centre of Bournemouth, if BCP Council approves the firm’s plans to convert a vacant bank on Old Christchurch Road.


The listed former RBS unit has been closed since 2019, with the new change of use predicted to “contribute towards the vibrancy and vitality” of the seaside resort’s town centre.

“The proposed use would occupy a vacant unit in an area which is progressively seeing more and more empty shop units, especially with the loss of Beales department store directly opposite the site,” said the application.

“As such, the proposed adult gaming centre would contribute towards the vibrancy and vitality of Old Christchurch Road, offering a wider range of services and facilities for the public.”

J Holland and Sons already operates an AGC in nearby Weymouth, with the Bournemouth site set to feature a range of gaming machines situated on the ground floor of the building.

The arcade would be open from 9am to 9pm seven days a week, and create eight full-time and four part-time jobs.

BCP Council will consider the application over the coming months, specifically how compatible the proposed internal alterations are with the building’s listed status.

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