North Quay in Weymouth set to be demolished

North Quay in Weymouth set to be demolished

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:19am 30th August 2019.

Former borough council offices at North Quay, Weymouth could soon be demolished, and a 60-space car park brought into temporary use on the site.

Permission for the destruction of the iconic building is being recommended to the Dorset Council area planning committee on September 5th.

Officers say in their report recommending approval:

“The scheme would not cause harm to the character or appearance of the conservation area.”

Historic England say the building is “of limited architectural and historic interest.”

A programme of archaeology is expected to be put in place before and during the demolition works.

WPBC offices North Quay

'New homes?'

The principle of demolition and building homes on the site was first established in 2016 when an outline application was approved in principle for the removal of the council offices to allow for the redevelopment of the site for up to 72 homes with a small area of commercial floor space.

That application never proceeded and the former borough council’s agreement with the previous developers was ended before any work started.

Talks have since been taking place, together with a public consultation, for Dorchester-based Magna to build new homes of the site considered sympathetic to neighbouring developments and roughly on the line of the former High Street. The details of this project have yet to be finally agreed or come before a planning committee.

North Quay Weymouth

Planning officers say the demolition and temporary use of the site for car parking should be considered in isolation of any future development for the site:

"The interim use of the site as additional public car parking would be an appropriate use pending the future redevelopment of the site. The extra car park area would not prejudice or compromise the delivery of a future comprehensive scheme."

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter