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Decision Day For Charles Street Development

Charles St

8:11am 25th October 2012
(Updated 3:30pm 25th October 2012)

The fate of the Charles Street development in Dorchester will be decided this afternoon (25th October 2012)

Full Council will discuss whether or not to go ahead with a new plan for Phase 2 put forward by developers Simons.

It'll cost West Dorset District Council an extra £2m.

The main changes - if approved - would see the promised underground parking at Charles Street scrapped, in favour of an extra level of parking built on top of the Fairfields Market site, which is outside the town centre. A planned hotel will be replaced with flats.

The Church will also be forced to relocate under the new designs.

Simons say it's all because original plans are no longer financially viable in the economic climate.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Andy Canning started a petition to force a public consultation on the matter - 400 people signed it in just a few days. Mr Canning says; "There is considerable local concern at such a large sum of public money being used, especially as it is in addition to the £16 million already spent there on new Council Offices and a library. People deserve to have a say on this!"

A Wessex FM poll asking if you think local people should have a say returned a fairly even response. 50% of listeners voted yes, the other half weren't too fussed.

Full Council will decide the fate of Charles Street at a meeting later.

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