Stratton House flats plan unveiled

HOUSING PLANS: Stratton house, Dorchester

HOUSING PLANS: Stratton house, Dorchester

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

PLANS have been submitted to convert part of West Dorset District Council’s former offices at Stratton House into housing.

The district council sold the town centre office complex to Stratton House Developments (Bournemouth) Ltd, a subsidiary of Culverdene Properties, at a price of just over £1.5million.

The company has now lodged a planning application with the council for a scheme to convert part of the site into nine dwellings and one flat.

The application relates to buildings to the northern and western parts of the campus, fronting Glyde Path Road and Colliton Street.

Planning documents submitted suggest that, although the council expressed a desire for the whole site to be covered in a single planning application, the developers are looking at a phased approach and intend to bring forward planning applications for other parts of the site shortly.

A planning and access statement submitted by Stratton House Developments states: “The preparation of the drawings for the main listed Stratton House is a complex undertaking and it does not seem sensible to hold up the delivery of other parts of the site pending the outcome of the preparation of these drawings or indeed confirmation that they are acceptable.”

It adds: “The development strategy therefore is to sub-divide the main site into four constituent elements which will be dealt with separately although there is an acknowledged inter-relationship between all elements of the site.”

Dorchester town crier and district councillor Alistair Chisholm said that he had not viewed the plans but was not surprised that the site was being put forward for housing and similarly expected the rest of the Stratton House campus to be developed as homes.

However, he said he wanted to see the council ensure that permission was not granted for any development until it was established that sufficient affordable housing would be provided across the whole site, particularly with the affordable housing element possibly being removed from another town centre development at Charles Street.

He said: “For me affordable housing is the number one issue.

“I would want to know before giving planning permission for any of that site if it’s got its share of affordable housing.”

The application can be viewed online at dorsetforyou.com

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3:43pm Sat 8 Feb 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Very original. The dwellings in this application alone will be valued at far above what WDDC raised for the entire complex. Incompetent idiots!
Very original. The dwellings in this application alone will be valued at far above what WDDC raised for the entire complex. Incompetent idiots! CoogarUK.com
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5:37pm Sat 8 Feb 14

boobooweymouth says...

Er, it was sold on the open market to the highest bidder! The main building will cost a fortune to renovate as it's in poor order and listed. The developer unsurprisingly wants to focus on the easier, more profitable bits first.
Er, it was sold on the open market to the highest bidder! The main building will cost a fortune to renovate as it's in poor order and listed. The developer unsurprisingly wants to focus on the easier, more profitable bits first. boobooweymouth
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7:56pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Get a grip says...

boobooweymouth wrote:
Er, it was sold on the open market to the highest bidder! The main building will cost a fortune to renovate as it's in poor order and listed. The developer unsurprisingly wants to focus on the easier, more profitable bits first.
Very true.

The problem with the site has always been how to develop the Stratton House part.

Sorry Cougar you have chosen to look and value part of the site and ignore the whole story.
[quote][p][bold]boobooweymouth[/bold] wrote: Er, it was sold on the open market to the highest bidder! The main building will cost a fortune to renovate as it's in poor order and listed. The developer unsurprisingly wants to focus on the easier, more profitable bits first.[/p][/quote]Very true. The problem with the site has always been how to develop the Stratton House part. Sorry Cougar you have chosen to look and value part of the site and ignore the whole story. Get a grip
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3:49pm Sun 9 Feb 14

CoogarUK.com says...

So let's get this straight. WDDC sold the Stratton House complex for £1.5m (£2m less than they constantly assured us it would achieve all the while they were hell-bent on building their multimillion-pound office-block HQ, let's not forget) and now a developer has applied to develop a tiny portion of that site into dwellings that on the open market will be worth far in excess of what the entire site was sold for and both boobooweymouth & Get a grip feel that the taxpayers got a good deal. Right?

I'm glad I don't run my own budgets in that way, or I might end up having to go down the PayDay loans route. Of course, WDDC won't have that problem, as they'll just increase the Council Tax and make us all pay for their mistakes.
So let's get this straight. WDDC sold the Stratton House complex for £1.5m (£2m less than they constantly assured us it would achieve all the while they were hell-bent on building their multimillion-pound office-block HQ, let's not forget) and now a developer has applied to develop a tiny portion of that site into dwellings that on the open market will be worth far in excess of what the entire site was sold for and both boobooweymouth & Get a grip feel that the taxpayers got a good deal. Right? I'm glad I don't run my own budgets in that way, or I might end up having to go down the PayDay loans route. Of course, WDDC won't have that problem, as they'll just increase the Council Tax and make us all pay for their mistakes. CoogarUK.com
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9:10pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Get a grip says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
So let's get this straight. WDDC sold the Stratton House complex for £1.5m (£2m less than they constantly assured us it would achieve all the while they were hell-bent on building their multimillion-pound office-block HQ, let's not forget) and now a developer has applied to develop a tiny portion of that site into dwellings that on the open market will be worth far in excess of what the entire site was sold for and both boobooweymouth & Get a grip feel that the taxpayers got a good deal. Right?

I'm glad I don't run my own budgets in that way, or I might end up having to go down the PayDay loans route. Of course, WDDC won't have that problem, as they'll just increase the Council Tax and make us all pay for their mistakes.
there is no doubt that parts of the site have a positive value but the main part is very difficult to develop.

Now the site was marketed and this was the best bid that came in.
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: So let's get this straight. WDDC sold the Stratton House complex for £1.5m (£2m less than they constantly assured us it would achieve all the while they were hell-bent on building their multimillion-pound office-block HQ, let's not forget) and now a developer has applied to develop a tiny portion of that site into dwellings that on the open market will be worth far in excess of what the entire site was sold for and both boobooweymouth & Get a grip feel that the taxpayers got a good deal. Right? I'm glad I don't run my own budgets in that way, or I might end up having to go down the PayDay loans route. Of course, WDDC won't have that problem, as they'll just increase the Council Tax and make us all pay for their mistakes.[/p][/quote]there is no doubt that parts of the site have a positive value but the main part is very difficult to develop. Now the site was marketed and this was the best bid that came in. Get a grip
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