Dorchester Prison Former Site: Plans For 190 Homes & Commercial Front Submitted

Dorchester Prison

Published at 6:57am 16th December 2015.

The firm developing Dorchester's former prison site has formally submitted its plans.

City and Country bought the Victorian jail and is looking to build 190 homes and a new commercial front where the cells once stood.

The submission to West Dorset District Council follows a three-stage public consultation attended by over 1400 local residents, elected representatives and community organisations.

The proposals will create a mixed use scheme providing 190 new homes and new commercial frontage onto North Square. In addition the listed Gatehouse will provide space for a museum / interpretive space, a vision that was approved by 84% of respondents at the latest stage of public consultation. The submitted masterplan has been developed and informed by extensive feedback received during the public consultation process plus comprehensive studies on the site.

The final design for the prison reduces the scale of the northern blocks, providing a more appropriate response to the heritage assets and particularly the historic gatehouse this will combine with increased landscaping and open space, enhancing views towards the site.

The overall design has also been further refined to complement the historic features of the Victorian cell blocks.

Richard Winsborough, Associate Director (Planning) at City & Country, said:

"We are pleased to announce that our application has been submitted to West Dorset District Council. We are dealing with a truly fascinating building and there's been a fantastic amount of interest in the future of this site. We would like to thank everybody who has taken the time to be involved with our consultation.

At each stage of the consultation process we have refined the design of the proposals and believe these plans will create a vibrant and fitting development of which Dorchester will be proud."

In the New Year an exhibition will be held inviting local residents and interested parties to view the submitted proposals and find out how to comment on the submitted application. Event details will be made available on the City & Country website and advertised through the local press.

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