Weymouth Old Fire Station redevelopment plans referred

Weymouth Old Fire Station
Image caption The developers had planned to demolish the old fire station

Plans to redevelop Weymouth Old Fire Station and build 52 retirement flats have been referred to the Planning Inspectorate, according to the council.

The proposals for the building on North Quay have been recommended for refusal for reasons which include "serious detriment" to residents' views.

Locals were also concerned the flats would be unsuitable because of the site's location in a conservation area.

The developers planned to demolish all the existing buildings.

Demolition of buildings, as outlined in the council's report, would be "detrimental" to the character and appearance of the conservation area.

The other grounds for refusal cited were the "poor provision" of landscaping and useable outside space and the inadequate provision of affordable housing.

'Historical site'

The residents from High West Street, which adjoins North Quay, are being backed by Weymouth Civic Society.

It believes the plans, put forward by Bournemouth-based developers, McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles, fell short of what is required for the building which was originally constructed in 1939.

Some of the buildings on the site have been there since the 1860s.

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

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

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service wants to sell the building to fund a community safety centre at the new fire station in Radipole Lane.

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