Weymouth Beach and Pavilion
Pavilion redevelopment plans unveiled
Proposals for the redevelopment of Weymouth Pavilion have been backed by local councillors, despite a 7,500 signature petition in protest which called for a public enquiry. As the detailed plans are released, have your say.
Plans for a major £135m redevelopment of Weymouth Pavilion and ferry terminal have been unveiled.
Read more details on the plans, plus video, from BBC News:
The development plans have a controversial history. Despite some local opposition, back in June, a meeting of Weymouth and Portland councillors to decide if they should back the proposals resulted in a 'yes' vote, much to the disappointment of those against the scheme.
Much of the site is looking rundown
Campaigners against what they describe as the 'over development' of the site had collected 7,500 signatures on a petition calling for an independent public inquiry into the project.
They recently took the petition to 10 Downing Street in the hope of further support.
Although few people would deny the neglected-looking site in Weymouth needs improvement, protesters said the development proposals in their current state are just too big for the area - they had hoped for further options to be explored.
337 flats and a 290 berth marina
Developer Howard Holdings and the local council have been working on plans to build 337 flats up to eight storeys high, and a 290 berth marina.
Robert Veale from the Our Weymouth protest group said of the plans: "Not on the seafront, not on the sand - which is exactly where it will be. All the people who come to Weymouth, to enjoy the sand, swim in the sea, won't come here in our view [if this development goes ahead]."
Along with the flats and marina, included are also plans for a heritage centre, a new hotel, better sea defences, a new ferry terminal, and a refurbished 1,000 seat theatre.
Jonathan Hulls from developer Howard Holdings says: "I think the vast majority [of people] will be pleasantly surprised. Not only are we giving a civic provision but with the retail and restaurants it will become a 'destination'.
"It will be a big asset to Weymouth - I'm convinced of that."
last updated: 18/07/2008 at 11:34
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