Today (28 November 2018) Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee approved the outline planning application for the Weymouth Peninsula redevelopment.
The outline planning application that was originally submitted in May 2018 has been approved with the condition that the setting and views of the Devonshire Buildings, The Nothe Fort, Gardens and The Esplanade are considered within any future detailed planning application.
Additionally, the first reserved matters planning application shall include a masterplan for the whole of the site, setting out details of access roads within the site, site layout, areas of open space, space for a minimum of 600 car parking spaces, landscaping, and scale. All subsequent reserved matters applications shall be in accordance with this approved masterplan. The full meeting minutes will be available to view on Dorset For You in the near future.
The proposed leisure-led development includes a mix of leisure and commercial uses, including; a 100 room hotel, a pub/diner with guest accommodation, restaurants and cafes, indoor leisure buildings, public car parking, and commercial fishing and mixed-use harbour buildings. The outline planning application also includes improvements to open space, a walkway around the outside of the Peninsula site and harbourside improvements.
The development has been planned against the context of nearby facilities and amenities, including open space at the Nothe Gardens and Weymouth Beach, to ensure it complements the surrounding areas.
We are fully committed to developing the site so that we can safeguard Weymouth’s future as a 21st Century resort
Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Briefholder for Finance & Assets, said; “We are very delighted with today’s decision as it gives us permission to move into the first phase of our ambitious plans to regenerate the town. This project will reinvigorate the Peninsula and create a dynamic all year round addition to the town. Redevelopment of this important and high-profile site will benefit residents as well as the visitor economy with the introduction of more indoor leisure facilities and public space.
“Importantly it keeps this iconic site accessible to the community. Regeneration will create employment, strengthen the town centre, boost the tourism trade, improve the local accommodation offer, and bring more revenue into the town. We are fully committed to developing the site so that we can safeguard the future of the generations that follow us and Weymouth’s future as a 21st Century resort.”
The next steps
Having successfully obtained outline planning consent and committee support for the business case, phase one of the project can move forward. In the early stages this will include:
- Further consultation for the detailed reserved matters planning application and submission of the detailed planning application.
- Formal Marketing of initial elements to secure pre-let and/or presales of initial units.
- Site preparation and works on the harbour walls.