The Central Christchurch Neighbourhood Policing Team incorporates the two Christchurch Borough Council wards of Burton & Winkton and Purewell & Stanpit. It is located between the Town Centre and Grange Wards and in 2011 contained 3,681 habitable properties and a population of 8,429.
To the north of the area the Burton & Winkton ward is largely rural but contains the residential suburb of Burton. This historic village has grown into a large suburb of Christchurch where most of the ward population live. The southern aspect of Burton largely consists of detached dwellings but as you progress northwards Burton becomes dense, featuring smaller terraced housing, flats and courts. Burton supports Burton CofE Primary School, a recreation ground and a youth centre and is flanked by Winkton Common to the west and arable farmland to the east.
To the south the area of Purewell (north of the A35) is common land used for agricultural grazing. South of the A35 rests the developed part of Purewell, which consists of a mix of dense 1980’s and 1990’s era terraces, maisonettes and housing courts set in small scale modern housing estates, parts of which includes social housing and a small but intrusive area of industry called Stony Lane Industrial Works. The historic part of Purewell is located on a busy through road which connects the town centre to Somerford, upon which exists a number of 19th and early 20th century buildings with a mix residential, commercial and retail uses. Purewell has several public houses, a large public leisure centre, large outdoor recreation fields, the town’s civic buildings and a boat yard.
Further to the south east rests the historic village of Stanpit. The main road through Stanpit is lined with historic listed cottages however the historic character of Stanpit has been diluted through much of the character area by the general infill of individual properties or small 1960s and 70s developments. Stanpit is now essentially a residential estate comprising of avenues and cul-de-sacs lined with detached dwellings. The area adjoins Mudeford with no clearly defined boundaries. Stanpit‘s features include Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch Harbour, Groveley Business Centre and Mudeford County Primary School.
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