Area ‘turning into retirement enclave’

Area ‘turning into retirement enclave’

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:15am 1st December 2019.

Residents say proposals to build flats in Weymouth will turn the area into a ‘retirement enclave'.

The application for eight flats for a site on Preston Road has led to twenty objections.

The Nylo Homes Ltd application, which involves the demolition on an existing home at No 56, also suggests increasing the number of parking spaces on the site from two up to ten.

Many of the objectors claim the application would be an overdevelopment of the site while several are concerned about the effects on an increase in traffic and claim that the new homes would overlook neighbouring properties, including children’s bedrooms and a family pool.

Preston Road, Weymouth

In a letter of objection to Dorset Council one neighbour said:

“This was a lovely road of pleasant family homes. Recently planning applications have been allowed which have now turned it into a road of blocks of flats.

“Preston Road is an exceptionally busy road which it is very dangerous to exit onto from drives and side roads. Allowing even more flats will not only turn the area into a retirement enclave but only add to the problem of the busy road. There are two bus stops nearly opposite the site which will make it even more dangerous.”

Other concerns include the loss of trees and the additional pressure on local services, including the nearest GP surgery.

A recent similar application for 38 Preston Road, by Town & Coast Ltd for seven two-bed flats, was approved by Dorset Council


By Trevor Bevins, local democracy reporter