Dorset

New Sherborne hotel plans submitted for Tesco row site

An artist's impression of the hotel Image copyright Quantum Group
Image caption Quantum Group wants to build a 24-bed "boutique" hotel, 82 care apartments and 38 care houses at the Horsecastles Lane site in Sherborne

Plans have been submitted for a new hotel and extra care houses and apartments to be built at a site previously at the centre of a row over a bid to build a supermarket.

Developer Quantum Group bought the former Sherborne Hotel site, in Dorset, and demolished the building last year.

A public consultation on the proposals runs until 2 Dec.

Previous plans to build a Tesco on the site prompted protests led by former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton.

Image copyright No Thanks Tesco
Image caption In 2013, plans to demolish the former Sherborne Hotel and build a Tesco prompted protests in the town led by resident and former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton

Quantum Group wants to build a 24-bed "boutique" hotel, 82 care apartments and 38 care houses.

The 5.4-acre (2.1-hectare) site on Horsecastles Lane is also expected to include landscaped gardens and courtyards.

Image copyright Holly Robson
Image caption The site of the Sherborne Hotel, off the A30, was demolished at the end of last year

A spokeswoman for the group said more than 400 people attended a public exhibition on the proposals in July.

Of 281 received feedback forms, she added 75% of respondents "agreed with our proposals".

Further exhibitions on the plans, which have been submitted to West Dorset District Council for consideration, will be held in the Sherborne on 15, 16 and 17 December.

Image copyright Quantum Group
Image caption The 5.4-acre (2.1-hectare) site (outlined in red) on Horsecastles Lane is also expected to include landscaped gardens and courtyards

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