One of Dorchester's most prominent buildings could get a makeover

One of Dorchester's most prominent buildings could get a makeover

Published by George Sharpe at 3:27pm 12th April 2019. (Updated at 9:08am 13th April 2019)

Six parking spaces could be lost to the change.

CHANGES could be made to the entrance of one of Dorchester’s most prominent buildings.

Planning permission has already been granted for nine luxury apartments and a house at Top o’ Town House, a grade 2 listed building off Bridport Road which overlooks High West Street.

Now the new owners want to change the existing entrance and make other changes to the car park area to the rear of the building.

The late 18th Century building has been used by the county council, mainly for training, until the lease ended last year.

The plan involved creating a new rear entrance closer to the public car park access and then closing the existing access, substituting the two or three public car park spaces at that location.

The outside appearance will be almost identical to the existing although some trees, said to be in a poor condition, will be felled and others cut back.

The application, from owners Landmark Estates, resulted in no comments from Dorchester town councillors at its planning meeting on Monday evening.

In total the development is for five one-bed homes and five two-bed.

A new lobby to the rear of the building will reduce the number of existing car parking spaces from 22 to 16, but will see a new area added for bin and cycle storage.

By Local Democracy Reporter, Trevor Bevins