Fire station could be pulled down by developers

Dorset Echo: HOW IT WILL LOOK: An artist’s impression of the scheme HOW IT WILL LOOK: An artist’s impression of the scheme

DEVELOPERS are applying for permission to demolish the old fire station in Weymouth.

Planning chiefs backed plans for the ‘Poundbury’ approach to developing the site last August, Retirement living specialists McCarthy & Stone teamed up with Dorset and Fire Rescue Service to develop it.

But it went back to the drawing board when a previous application was fiercely opposed and thrown out at an inquiry for being too overbearing and affecting the character of the nearby buildings of old Weymouth.

Architects who have worked closely with Poundbury master planner Leon Krier were recruited and they have come up with a traditional scheme for 43 apartments, including communal facilities and parking, influenced by Georgian Weymouth and designed to blend in with historic buildings. Although it gives the impression of separate buildings, it is still a single block of flats.

Planning agent Alex Child told Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s planning committee that the developer had not only ‘gone back to the drawing board’ on the design but it had ‘thrown away its own rule book.’ Council planning officer Andrew Martin described it as a ‘fabulous scheme for a landmark site’ which addressed the misgivings the authority had before.

He added: “I think we can take reassurance from the detail that has gone into the drawings.”

The committee approved the scheme subject to conditions.

Councillor Margaret Leicester said the plan was a ‘vast improvement’ on the previous scheme but raised concerns about putting flats for the elderly in a high pollution area.

Now the committee is being asked to approve the demolition with compliance with a condition to allow for development to commence before the details required by the condition are submitted.

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11:15am Tue 14 Jan 14

smilealoft44 says...

High pollution area what crap. The plan looks ok to me.
High pollution area what crap. The plan looks ok to me. smilealoft44

11:30am Tue 14 Jan 14

bargain price says...

Yea lets put old people flat up everywhere because it not as if young people need to live anywhere in Weymouth and work is it
Yea lets put old people flat up everywhere because it not as if young people need to live anywhere in Weymouth and work is it bargain price

11:41am Tue 14 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

smilealoft44
I don't understand your comment.
Lots of vehicles sitting waiting for the 'intelligent' traffic lights to change must be pumping out loads of noxious vapours.
smilealoft44 I don't understand your comment. Lots of vehicles sitting waiting for the 'intelligent' traffic lights to change must be pumping out loads of noxious vapours. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

11:45am Tue 14 Jan 14

shy talk says...

smilealoft44 wrote:
High pollution area what crap. The plan looks ok to me.
For sometime an Air Pollution Monitor has been in place at the bottom of Boot Hill. This may have shown the area to have high air pollution emissions for the surrounding area.
[quote][p][bold]smilealoft44[/bold] wrote: High pollution area what crap. The plan looks ok to me.[/p][/quote]For sometime an Air Pollution Monitor has been in place at the bottom of Boot Hill. This may have shown the area to have high air pollution emissions for the surrounding area. shy talk

12:14pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Bob Goulding says...

shy talk wrote:
smilealoft44 wrote:
High pollution area what crap. The plan looks ok to me.
For sometime an Air Pollution Monitor has been in place at the bottom of Boot Hill. This may have shown the area to have high air pollution emissions for the surrounding area.
I wonder whether similar concerns would have been raised had the proposed development been targeted at families with young children. I rather doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smilealoft44[/bold] wrote: High pollution area what crap. The plan looks ok to me.[/p][/quote]For sometime an Air Pollution Monitor has been in place at the bottom of Boot Hill. This may have shown the area to have high air pollution emissions for the surrounding area.[/p][/quote]I wonder whether similar concerns would have been raised had the proposed development been targeted at families with young children. I rather doubt it. Bob Goulding

2:31am Wed 15 Jan 14

westbaywonder says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
smilealoft44
I don't understand your comment.
Lots of vehicles sitting waiting for the 'intelligent' traffic lights to change must be pumping out loads of noxious vapours.
Its Not the traffic pumping out loads of noxious vapours, its the council,the government and the cows with big arses on the fields around Weymouth and Dorchester!
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: smilealoft44 I don't understand your comment. Lots of vehicles sitting waiting for the 'intelligent' traffic lights to change must be pumping out loads of noxious vapours.[/p][/quote]Its Not the traffic pumping out loads of noxious vapours, its the council,the government and the cows with big arses on the fields around Weymouth and Dorchester! westbaywonder

9:49am Wed 15 Jan 14

chisweller says...

Mrs Leicester did more than raise concerns at the meeting, she absolutely rejected it by voting against the scheme on pollution grounds.
Mrs Leicester did more than raise concerns at the meeting, she absolutely rejected it by voting against the scheme on pollution grounds. chisweller

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