Former Dorchester printers could make way for 14 homes

Former Dorchester printers could make way for 14 homes

Published by George Sharpe at 10:21am 7th January 2020.

A former print works in the centre of Dorchester could be demolished to make way for up to 14 homes.

The relatively narrow landlocked site is sandwiched between High East Street and Durngate Street within the town’s conservation area.

The planning application also includes the conversion of the Grade 2 listed offices at 23 High East Street into flats, although the travel agency business on the ground floor will remain.

The proposal, from BrightSpace Architects, asks for the creation of 13 one-bed flats/maisonettes and one two-bed sheltered housing unit on the site.

 

Homes planned for Dorchester between High East Street and Durngate Street

The former Henry Ling print work buildings, which are accessed via Durngate Street, were previously the offices and printing presses of the company which has since moved to another site in Dorchester.

Under the proposals car parking on the rear of the site would increase from 6 to 11 spaces.

They say that although the site is within the conservation area the changes being proposed could only be seen by neighbouring buildings and would not have an adverse effect on the conservation area.

Homes planned for Dorchester between High East Street and Durngate Street
The former Henry Ling print works could make way for up to 14 new homes

All of the statutory consultees have so far raised no objection to the proposals.

The only public comment, to date, objects because of the likely increase in traffic along Durngate Street which is also used by lorries to access shops in South Street.

Comments on the application can be made until January 21st with the proposal expected to be decided by a planning officer without being considered by councillors.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter