Councillors back plans to breathe fresh life into the Peninsula

Last night, members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council voted in favour of progressing phase one of the Peninsula regeneration scheme

Support was given for all of the recommendations – including approval for the business case, funding arrangements, and demolition of the former ferry terminal building.

The council’s Harbour Management Board has already supported the Weymouth Peninsula proposals and the scheme will now goes forward to the shadow Dorset Council Formal Executive Committee on November 12. The outline planning application is due to be received by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee on November 28.

Cllr Jeff Cant, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Finance and Assets, said; “Last night’s cross party decision by Full Council sitting as the Harbour Authority to support phase one of the Peninsula development is a massive step forward in bringing the town into the twenty first century. At last we have a clear vision and direction for future generations.

“This is only the first of a series of ambitious regeneration plans which we are sure will bring a boost to the local economy whilst guaranteeing community access. The decision by the Council to maintain control of the development as an all year round attraction – generating annual income for the community – shows our determination to inject new energy into our much loved town creating a legacy site for generations to come.”

Phase one of the Peninsula redevelopment includes; a 100-room hotel, a pub/diner with rooms, improvements to public space and a walkway around the site. It also includes repairs to the harbour walls. All-weather, year-round leisure attractions, marine facilities and restaurants are proposed in phase two.

The planning application is currently ‘live’ as planning officers seek to build up a complete picture of the proposal. Technical information can be received up until the committee date in line with planning procedure. Information has been provided by applicants and other specialists, for example the Environment Agency and Historic England. All of the documents that have been received can be viewed alongside the application at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk

The existing planning application seeks approval for outline planning consent. As the project progresses there will be an opportunity for local residents and the community to have their say and share their views on the detailed plans for the site.

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