Plans for Weymouth homes rejected as 'flood risk'

Plans for Weymouth homes rejected as 'flood risk'

Published by George Sharpe at 12:02am 3rd September 2019.

A SCHEME for six houses at town centre site in Weymouth has been refused by Dorset Council.

It had been claimed that building there, adjacent to the bus station, would increase the risk of flooding in the area, that the access would generate traffic problems and that the layout of the proposed homes is too dense for the area.

Both Weymouth Town Council and the Weymouth Civic Society were among those to object to the application.

The proposal was for three one-bed and three two-bed homes with parking for six cars on a site to the rear of houses in Upway Street, King Street and Commercial Road.

The site had previously been used as a coal yard and, more recently, by Weymouth Reclamation as a scrap yard.

In finding against the application a report to councillors notes:

“The proposal, whilst only having one space per dwelling, has been designed around the parking court and vehicular entrance to the site. This leaves no space for landscaping or garden space for potential occupiers and is thus reliant on balconies and terraces. Whilst the site does not have to match its surroundings, the use of terraces and balconies is not a characteristic of the area which comprises terraced houses with small back yards…

“The outlook from the proposed balconies on plots 1 to 5 are to the parking court and rear of houses in Commercial Road and more closely to the rear of properties in Upwey Street. This is not considered to be an acceptable arrangement to either parties concerned. There are bedrooms in plots 3 and 4 which do not have windows which is unacceptable.. their proposed balconies/terraces would look immediately into rear gardens and bedroom windows and roof dormers. This is considered an unacceptable level of overlooking and loss of privacy.”