Green light for Dorchester redevelopment plans
By blacksteff0 | Thursday, September 30, 2010, 00:14
Planners have given the green light to a multi-million pound scheme to redevelop Dorchester’s Charles Street car park.
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Councillors backed plans by Simons Developments for £60 million of private investment in the 2.5 hectare site.
The plans include:
• 23 new shops, including a Waitrose with twice the sales area of the current store
• A new underground car park with 485 public spaces
• Around 50 cycle parking spaces
• A 63-room hotel
• 18 affordable homes
• Public toilets
• Offices and separate parking occupied by the district council
• A potential library and adult education centre provided and paid for by Dorset County Council
• Landscaped lawns between the development and South Walks
Simons says the development will create the equivalent of 124 full
time jobs while the scheme is built and an extra 660 once the scheme is
up and running, excluding those in the offices.
Cllr Fred Horsington, Chairman of West Dorset District Council’s Development Control Committee, said after the meeting:
“We listened carefully to the many views for and against Simons’
redevelopment plans. The committee felt that the Charles Street site
offers the best option to expand Dorchester town centre. The proposal
meets Government policy of focusing new shops and offices in or next to
existing town centres.
“The committee concluded that the scheme presents a unique
opportunity to improve the special appeal of Dorchester and reinforce
its role as the county town.”
Mark Newton, Development Director at Simons, said:
“These proposals represent £60 million of future private investment
in Dorchester at a time when few towns in the UK are seeing this kind of
commitment from developers.
“The new retail, leisure and residential units will help to secure
the future of the town centre, benefiting existing businesses in
Dorchester as well as attracting other retailers into the town.
“We have undergone extensive consultation with the local community and now believe we have the right plans at the right time.
“Everyone in Dorchester will be aware of the long-standing desire to
redevelop this site. We now finally have the opportunity to make this
vision a reality.”
Cllr Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said:
“Dorchester and West Dorset is the ideal place for local and national
businesses to invest. With our population due to hit 100,000 in the
next year or two, we look forward to welcoming more small independent
and larger High Street names to the county town.
“We have that enviable combination – a historic built heritage and
exciting plans to redevelop key sites in the county town of Dorchester.
“The retail-led Charles Street and residential/leisure-led Brewery
Square schemes put Dorchester and West Dorset in an ideal position to
emerge strongly from the recession.”
Consent for the Charles Street scheme is subject to various planning conditions and legal agreements.
Fore more information contact West Dorset District Council
Stratton House, 58-60 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UZ
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Source : West Dorset District Council