Dorset

Weymouth's 'vibrant' masterplan published

Weymouth town centre Image copyright PAul gillett
Image caption Plans include affordable housing, public spaces, and a cultural centre

"Ambitious" plans to transform Weymouth town centre into a "vibrant, prosperous community" have been published.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's masterplan aims to create 1,000 new homes and 2,700 jobs.

Mike Byatt, chairman of the management committee, said it would provide a "real catalyst for positive transformation and further investment into south and west Dorset".

The town is receiving £12.6m from the government towards the project.

Regeneration will be centred around Lodmoor Gateway, Station Gateway, Commercial Road, the Harbourside and the Peninsula.

Plans include affordable housing, public spaces and a cultural centre with an auditorium, art gallery, and museum.

The committee also wants to redevelop the land around the now vacant ferry terminal and the "tired" area around the station to "improve the first impressions of the area to visitors".

Councillors could approve the masterplan for a last round of consultation at a public meeting on 3 March.

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