Dorset Council (Weymouth area): Chris Miell is thrilled to announced that he’s secured planning permission for the erection of three dwellings in the heart of Weymouth town centre.

The site is a vacant parcel of land located at 17-23 New Street, Weymouth which was most recently used as a service yard and parking for a nearby hotel. The vacant site is screened by a post war façade, which will be demolished as part of the proposed development.

The site is located within the Weymouth Town Centre Conservation Area and forms part of the setting of several listed buildings. Therefore, the applicant appointed local architects SPASE Design to prepare the plans due to their proven track record of delivering projects within the historic environment. SPASE put forward a scheme, which maximised the site’s development potential, whilst enhancing the special character of the conservation area.

To support the application, we prepared an in-depth planning and heritage statement, which set out the merits of the proposal in a clear and concise manner and demonstrated to the LPA that the additional dwellings would enhance the area’s heritage assets.

Upon consideration of the application, the Planning Officer was supportive of the scale and design of the dwellings, but minor changes to the parking arrangements were required to satisfy the requirements of the Local Highway Authority. We negotiated with the Planning Officer on behalf of our client and SPASE prepared amended plans, which were subsequently approved by Council.

In assessing the proposal, the Planning Officer concluded “The application is supported by a Heritage Impact Assessment which concludes, inter alia that this existing facade and yard area has a negative appearance and is in need of redevelopment and that the proposed sensitive redevelopment of the site would enhance the significance of the Conservation Area and the setting of the nearby listed buildings. I concur with this and since the Conservation Officer conditionally supports the proposal it is concluded that the proposal would have no significant effect on the Conservation Area or the setting of nearby Listed Buildings and would enhance the appearance of the street scene and Town Conservation Area.”

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