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Charles Street Developer's £2m Argument With WDDC


9:10am 18th January 2014

We won't need an extra £2 million pounds if you let us put in less parking spaces.

That's the argument Simons who are in charge of the Charles Street Development in Dorchester are giving to West Dorset District Council.

They've asked for the hand out but said if they're allowed to put in 300 spaces instead of 474 it won't be needed.

The Council won't move over that we they meet on Tuesday 21st January - but District Councillor Alistair Chisholm says one thing has gone from the original plan.

Mr Chisholm told us:  "Now there were going to be 13 affordable housing units on the Charles Street Scheme, now there are going to be none.  Those units have now turned into market flats, and affordable housing is one of the most important things to people in West Dorset."

Mr Chisholm also argues why should more public money being offered as a lifeline, when other developers in Dorchester haven't needed it.

"Poundbury, OK it has the Duchy behind it but it hasn't received any public money.  Brewery Square this stunning new addition to Dorchester. That hasn't received a penny of any public funds.  Why should this precious resource be leaking away in considerable amounts for the Charles Street sight."

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