Dorset Echo - 22 September 2015
Up to 200 residential units have been proposed to transform Dorchester’s former prison site, Developer City and Country held its third consultation event last week at the county town jail. The results from the two-stage consultations and the preference for masterplan option four have been developed further into the current concept scheme, which proposes approximately 190 – 200 residential units though conversion and new build.
To date more than 1,000 people have attended the public consultations.
At the second stage in June attendees viewed the initial concept masterplans and were asked to provide feedback on these early ideas for the site. The feedback has helped shape the further design of the master plan presented at the third consultation.
Andy Martin, from City and Country said: “We have been really pleased to see so many people at our consultations and to hear their queries and feedback. People have been very positive about the plans and the way we have gone through the consultation process. The majority of people have been very supportive and excited about this, with only a few minor concerns.”
David Moon, from Dorchester, said: “I am completely in favor of this. I think they are doing a great job. It’s a really exciting development and I hope that it is approved and development can star. It would definitely be a benefit for Dorchester.”
Janet Hilton,64, from Dorchester said: “We are really pleased they are going for option four. I think this is what the town needs and will be a brilliant boost in the area. The plans look really well thought out and City & Country have been on hand today to answer the queries we had. We totally support this.”
HMP Dorchester officially closed in December 2013. The site was acquired for an undisclosed sum by City and Country earlier this year.
Following last week’s consultation, City and Country will be preparing their planning application for submission to West Dorset District Council and establishing a date for an information session showing the submitted proposals to the public.
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