Dorchester Church Upheval
7:44am 29th August 2013
(Updated 2:46pm 29th August 2013)
Plans to move Dorchester Community Church to Trinity Street Car Park should be submitted next month.
That's when a planning application's due to go in.
The church is being moved as part of the Charles Street Redevelopment scheme which includes 23 news shops for the town centre.
If given the go ahead, once built, West Dorset District Council and the Community Church will carry out a land swap so the district council will own the land at Acland Road where the old church building currently stands.
Leader of West Dorset District Council, Robert Gould said:
"The project to redevelop Charles Street remains a top priority for the district council.
"It has the potential to revitalise Dorchester town centre, increase the number of shoppers and visitors to the town, and provide around 600 new jobs.
"The relocation of the Community Church to a new site at Trinity Street will be an important part of preparing the Charles Street site for development.
"It is still early days however and the proposals to relocate the church will depend on planning permission being granted."
Douglas Holt, Secretary to the Trustees of Dorchester Community Church said:
"The church first had discussions with Simons Developments Ltd in 2006 after they had been appointed as developers for the Charles Street site. We have been looking with them at potential sites in the town for a replacement church since then.
"About three years ago the district council offered a site in Trinity Street car park. The Church and Simons have been preparing draft plans up until September last year, when the council agreed to work up final plans with us direct.
"The church trustees have been having very fruitful discussions with the council staff and architects Atkins since early this year, and are very pleased with the plans to be put in for planning application next month."
The proposed location for the new church building is within the front part of the district council's Trinity Street car park.
The design will require the relocation of the entrance road and public toilets to elsewhere within the car park.
A new location for the C1 bus stop has also been accommodated into the scheme.