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Calls for action on former Portland navy block

Calls for action on former Portland navy block

Published by George Sharpe at 4:36pm 27th January 2020.

Dorset Council is being asked to take action, including the use of compulsory purchase if needed, to kick start the redevelopment of a former navy block on Portland.

Lib Dem’ leader Nick Ireland will ask tomorrow's Cabinet meeting (28th) what the council intends to do about the site, which he says has ‘blighted’ the island since being originally granted planning permission in 2004.

"Portland needs investment and whilst the efforts of Portland Port and Agincare in using their resources to improve Castletown is to be commended, the blot on the landscape remains.  

"Portland is desperately short of genuine, affordable housing and investment in the locality would make a massive difference to our residents.

"Options available to Dorset Council include, but are not limited to, compulsory purchase or issuing an S215 notice,” says Cllr Ireland in his question."

He says that although permission for the ‘Ocean Views’ development was given more than 15 years ago, it has yet to be completed.

"Work has been halted for the best part of ten years and the skeleton of Prince Andrew House has blighted the Underhill conservation area, whilst the additional housing adjacent has also yet to be built.

"The building is an eyesore for residents and visitors alike, whilst the lack of security presents a risk to our children,” said Mr Ireland.

Permission to build on the site dates back to 2004 when the conversion of former Naval homes into 363 dwellings and the building of of 191 new homes with a shop unit, a gym and cafe/bar was agreed for the Hardy Complex, Castle Road, Portland.

Subsequent approvals in September 2007 made changes to the design, including the addition of balconies and the deletion of the retail unit.

Permission for the site allow for 206 flats at Atlantic House and 157 at Prince Andrew House with 191 new homes on the adjoining sites.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter