Council 'committed' to turning navy block on Portland into housing

Council 'committed' to turning navy block on Portland into housing

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:36am 29th January 2020.

Dorset Council says it remained committed to achieving housing at the former naval accommodation block and adjoining land on Portland.

It says it will work with site owners, Comer Homes, to get new homes built and has asked for talks with the company about how best to progress the next phase of the scheme.

In parallel the council’s enforcement team have been taking action to clear up the site and have threatened legal measures if that does not happen.

Dorset Council, south walks house

The future of the site was raised at Tuesday’s Dorset Council cabinet meeting by Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Nick Ireland.

He said that permission for the homes was first approved for the Castletown scheme in 2004 although the ‘Ocean Views’ development had 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 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."


Housing portfolio holder Cllr Graham Carr-Jones said:

"Officers from across the Place Directorate remain committed to working with Comer Homes to bring forward a scheme for the site.

"In parallel to the ongoing enforcement action, a meeting has been requested with representatives of Comer Group to pick up progress with phase two and consider future options for the site."

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter 


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