UPDATED: Developers Welcome Green Light For Brewers Quay

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Published at 11:12am 29th April 2015. (Updated at 8:29am 30th April 2015)

Long awaited plans to redevelop Brewers Quay in Weymouth are given the go ahead.

Plans to convert and restore Weymouth's historic Brewers Quay building in Hope Square have been approved by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

The development will provide new leisure, tourism and residential facilities and developers say will help kick-start the regeneration of Weymouth Old Town.

The multi-million pound regeneration plans include: a home for the Weymouth Museum, additional space for indoor exhibitions and cultural attractions, shops and restaurants fronting on to Hope Square, and residential apartments and mews houses. The homes on Newtons Road car park will provide the funding needed for the redevelopment of Brewers Quay itself.

Alastair Ross, a partner at Brewers Quay Investments LLP said: "We are delighted with the approval and are looking forward to starting this development. We expect the car park to be constructed first which would allow the brewery to be converted. This will also allow existing tenants to continue trading into 2016. We will continue to work with the tenants to ensure any transition runs smoothly."

Richard Strode, another partner at Brewers Quay Investments LLP said: "We are also giving the museum the lower and upper vat rooms, where brewing took place, thus allowing much of the brewing equipment to be accessible to the public. We have improved access to the proposed restaurant from Hope Square and reconfigured the internal layout of the Brewers Quay building in response to conservation and heritage comments."

The plans, which changed as a result of public consultation, included moving the location of the museum to improve access and circulation as well as increasing its size to allow for improved facilities such as a gift shop, dedicated lift, workshop in the basement and additional storage.