98 homes planned for former school site on Portland

98 homes planned for former school site on Portland

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:03am 9th December 2019.

An application for almost 100 homes on the Royal Manor Arts College site, Portland has been submitted.

The building, a former school, has stood empty since July 2016.

Dorset Council has received an outline planning application to demolish the existing buildings in Weston Road and build up to 98 homes.

The application comes after public consultation events which largely showed support for homes on the 2.5 hectare site.

The Homes England application is expected to be decided under delegated powers by a planning officer with comments on the application open until December 28th.


Homes England suggests that the site would have 74 open market homes, 17 social housing units and seven described as ‘intermediate’.

The applications suggests that 148 parking spaces would be included on the site and 49 cycle spaces.

A statement accompanying the application says that the homes would not only meet a local need but provide an economic boost for the island.

Homes England say there would be a maximum contribution of over £615,000 through Community Infrastructure Levy contributions, 25% of which will go to the Neighbourhood Forum if the Portland Plan is adopted prior to the start of the project and at least 15% to Portland Town Council.

It says the site would support the employment of up to 306 people and provide up to three apprentices, graduates or trainees within the construction industry, with further financial contributions to school spaces on the island.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter