Dorchester Brewery Square redevelopment plans approved

Artist's impression of the Brewery Square development in Dorchester
Image caption The old brewery building is to be converted into a hotel and apartments

Councillors have approved plans for the next phase of the £100m redevelopment of a Dorset town centre.

West Dorset District Council earlier gave the go-ahead for phase 2b of the Brewery Square scheme in Dorchester.

The development will create a cultural quarter, including a hotel, shops, restaurants, a theatre, fountain and ice rink.

The 12-strong development committee voted unanimously in favour of the former Dorchester Brewery site plans.

Among the approved proposals is the conversion of the 130-year-old former brewery building into a hotel and spa, and homes.

The Grade II listed brewhouse will be transformed into a 52-bedroom hotel and 17 apartments.

New homes and shops will also be built on the site.

Phase one of the scheme, which is now complete, involved the construction of a new health centre and the redevelopment of the old Eldridge Pope building into shops and apartments.

Phase two, due for completion in October, includes a new cinema on Brewery Square.

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