New retail park could bring 200 jobs to Weymouth

New retail park could bring 200 jobs to Weymouth

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:20am 1st October 2019. (Updated at 8:48am 1st October 2019)

More than 200 full and part time jobs could be created in Weymouth with a new retail development.

Eight commercial units could be built south of the Sainsbury supermarket at the junction of Mercery and Dorchester roads in Weymouth.

The companies behind the scheme say four of the units will be for ‘big box’ shopping with four restaurant-cafes: In total 13,000 square metres of extra retail space, including 3,800 square metres at mezzanine floor level.

The site will also have almost 400 car parking spaces and 28 cycle spaces with 32 electric vehicle charge points.

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Weymouth Gateway proposed site plan.

One of the proposed units is an un-named national builders merchants which will have its own customer access off Souter Way. 

Other users names for the site include Dunelm, B&M Homestore, McDonalds and a Costa Coffee drive through.

The Weymouth Gateway site was cleared eight years ago at the time permission was granted for Sainsbury, but has remained vacant ever since. 

It is immediately behind the New Look offices on the corner of the site.

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Weymouth Gateway proposal, October 2019

Developers Avercet Property and London Metric suggest that the application has been encouraged by the granting of permission earlier this year to an Aldi supermarket diagonally opposite which is due to open early next year.

The scheme may also involve a 1,170 square metre extension to the existing Medisave building.

The application says:

"The proposals subject of this application provide an opportunity for significant investment into Weymouth area,  deliver an economically viable scheme on an allocated development site and a significant number of local year round jobs and economic growth in the Weymouth area."

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Sainsburys in Weymouth

A public consultation about the proposals was held at the Redlands centre earlier in the year.

Studies from the applicants say that the scheme will have “no discernible impact on the vitality of Weymouth town centre or any other defined centres.”

Comments on the application remain open until October 20th.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter