Weymouth old fire station redevelopment decision due

Weymouth Old Fire Station
Image caption The plans would see the old fire station demolished

A decision is due later on plans to redevelop the old fire station in Weymouth.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service wants to sell the building on North Quay to a developer which plans to build 52 new retirement flats on the site.

Money from the sale would be used to fund a community safety centre at the new fire station in Radipole Lane.

Local residents are worried the proposals will mean their view of the harbour will be blocked.

The residents from High West Street, which adjoins North Quay, are being backed by Weymouth Civic Society which believes the plans fall short of what is required for the building, originally constructed in 1939.

The Bournemouth-based developers, McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles, plan to demolish all the existing buildings.

'Horrendous thing'

Joy Payne, who lives opposite the old fire station, said: "It's a very historical site, it's part of old Weymouth.

"It's also a conservation area and this new building is going to be an horrendous thing for us.

"We're going to lose all our panoramic views from our first floors and there'll be loss of light to our properties.

"The old fire station should be redeveloped in keeping with the area and should be acceptable to all concerned."

A spokesperson for McCarthy & Stone said: "McCarthy & Stone has been working in partnership with the council to create a design that will positively contribute to the Inner Harbour.

"The proposed design takes a high quality contemporary approach but at the same time is reflective of the former use of the site and the proximity to existing buildings on the harbourside."

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is due to meet later to make a ruling on the proposal.

Plans for the Weymouth Community Safety Centre were proposed five years ago together with plans for the new fire station, which was constructed on the old Westhaven Junior School site and opened in July 2011.

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