Multi-million residential development in Weymouth thrown out

First published in News

COUNCILLORS have refused planning permission for a multi-million ‘iconic’ residential development on the site of the Ferrybridge Inn on the edge of Weymouth.

But their reasons for refusal did not come down to protecting the path of the Western Relief Route.

They were more concerned about the ‘bulky’ design and overdevelopment on the waterfront site.

Concerns about no affordable housing being provided in the development and the fact it is close to a sewage pumping station, which Wessex Water said could generate complaints, were also taken into account.

The decision was made at a meeting of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s planning and traffic committee this morning which was attended by a number of people speaking both for and against the development.

See Thursday’s Echo for the full story.

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1:12pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Jello Biafra says...

Bigger brown envelopes needed!
Bigger brown envelopes needed! Jello Biafra
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2:45pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Hunterjohn says...

Allelujah - with this threat removed hopefully the Ferrybridge Inn will have money spent on it and become the hostelry we need in that part of Wyke.
Allelujah - with this threat removed hopefully the Ferrybridge Inn will have money spent on it and become the hostelry we need in that part of Wyke. Hunterjohn
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2:51pm Wed 17 Oct 12

jusphil says...

Yay only another 50 years or the next London Olympics to wait for the relief road.
Yay only another 50 years or the next London Olympics to wait for the relief road. jusphil
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4:28pm Wed 17 Oct 12

stench says...

Hunterjohn wrote:
Allelujah - with this threat removed hopefully the Ferrybridge Inn will have money spent on it and become the hostelry we need in that part of Wyke.
that run down place on Ferry Bridge...?
[quote][p][bold]Hunterjohn[/bold] wrote: Allelujah - with this threat removed hopefully the Ferrybridge Inn will have money spent on it and become the hostelry we need in that part of Wyke.[/p][/quote]that run down place on Ferry Bridge...? stench
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5:08pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Ashers 5 says...

Good,maybe now they can get on with planning the relief road. Would be great for the residents of Wyke and Portland road. Has anyone been to the top end of the Dorchester road,north of the Littlemoor lights recently !!
Good,maybe now they can get on with planning the relief road. Would be great for the residents of Wyke and Portland road. Has anyone been to the top end of the Dorchester road,north of the Littlemoor lights recently !! Ashers 5
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6:35pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Suzim says...

Seriously, this is where you guys might shoot me down in flames! I think for what it is worth. We luckily live in a beautiful area and one thing I feel if your life is about getting somewhere 10 minutes quicker, then move!
Seriously, this is where you guys might shoot me down in flames! I think for what it is worth. We luckily live in a beautiful area and one thing I feel if your life is about getting somewhere 10 minutes quicker, then move! Suzim
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7:19pm Wed 17 Oct 12

jillswinburn says...

With you there Suzim, well said.
Besides there is no money left for more roads in this area and there won't be for a very long time.
With you there Suzim, well said. Besides there is no money left for more roads in this area and there won't be for a very long time. jillswinburn
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7:47pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Weston7 says...

Yes but a 'very long time' is better than never. Do you enjoy driving through all the intelligent junctions, and Boot Hill?
The Western Relief Road is the ONLY long-term answer.
Yes but a 'very long time' is better than never. Do you enjoy driving through all the intelligent junctions, and Boot Hill? The Western Relief Road is the ONLY long-term answer. Weston7
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8:20pm Wed 17 Oct 12

jillswinburn says...

Well the planning and traffic committe don't agree with you. They say that due to environmental and financial constraints there is no chance of the road being delivered before 2026 and it unlikely that the protected corridor for the road would be used at it's southern end at Ferrybridge.
Well the planning and traffic committe don't agree with you. They say that due to environmental and financial constraints there is no chance of the road being delivered before 2026 and it unlikely that the protected corridor for the road would be used at it's southern end at Ferrybridge. jillswinburn
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9:22pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Crabber says...

Suzim wrote:
Seriously, this is where you guys might shoot me down in flames! I think for what it is worth. We luckily live in a beautiful area and one thing I feel if your life is about getting somewhere 10 minutes quicker, then move!
It's not about anyone getting anywhere 10 mins quicker . It is a bout more & more traffic using a road layout designed for Horse & Carts. If the road network was improved the impact it would have on industry on Portland would be phenomenal. It would help Portland Port to develop it's cargo handling wing into a much bigger operation and would create more jobs. That is just one thing a decent road netwqrok would improve.
[quote][p][bold]Suzim[/bold] wrote: Seriously, this is where you guys might shoot me down in flames! I think for what it is worth. We luckily live in a beautiful area and one thing I feel if your life is about getting somewhere 10 minutes quicker, then move![/p][/quote]It's not about anyone getting anywhere 10 mins quicker . It is a bout more & more traffic using a road layout designed for Horse & Carts. If the road network was improved the impact it would have on industry on Portland would be phenomenal. It would help Portland Port to develop it's cargo handling wing into a much bigger operation and would create more jobs. That is just one thing a decent road netwqrok would improve. Crabber
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8:49am Thu 18 Oct 12

PortlandYoof says...

What the hell? They don't want to develop because there's a sewage treatment plant nearby, HELLO? Are you all BLIND?

Have they not just FINISHED a large development of houses just behind the ferrybridge pub?

This boils down to the future of the bypass and nothing else. End of story.
What the hell? They don't want to develop because there's a sewage treatment plant nearby, HELLO? Are you all BLIND? Have they not just FINISHED a large development of houses just behind the ferrybridge pub? This boils down to the future of the bypass and nothing else. End of story. PortlandYoof
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10:03am Thu 18 Oct 12

dabtv says...

Yet another road to spoil the country side, i can't believe the there will ever be road built next to an SSSI, SPA and a RAMSAR site i would have been better for just to redevelop the old pub which most "locals" would have preferred.
Yet another road to spoil the country side, i can't believe the there will ever be road built next to an SSSI, SPA and a RAMSAR site i would have been better for just to redevelop the old pub which most "locals" would have preferred. dabtv
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11:47am Thu 18 Oct 12

PortlandYoof says...

Also why do the echo keep splitting articles into two pages? There's now a 'new' story posted with the same story...?
Also why do the echo keep splitting articles into two pages? There's now a 'new' story posted with the same story...? PortlandYoof
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3:49pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Foursite says...

another intelegent comment by crabber,portland port out to create more jobs,what rubbish they are out to maximise profits the same as all other businesses that move to Portland then try to change the infastructure to help them.if you are lucky enough to get the minimum wage you will be working part time hours night or day.they as well as sunseeker should be using the sea to transfer there boats not clogging up the highways get real.
another intelegent comment by crabber,portland port out to create more jobs,what rubbish they are out to maximise profits the same as all other businesses that move to Portland then try to change the infastructure to help them.if you are lucky enough to get the minimum wage you will be working part time hours night or day.they as well as sunseeker should be using the sea to transfer there boats not clogging up the highways get real. Foursite
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6:13pm Thu 18 Oct 12

bootedsw says...

next the portlanders will be suggesting they want the railway line re-opened.
next the portlanders will be suggesting they want the railway line re-opened. bootedsw
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7:02pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Foursite says...

yeah what a tourist attraction that would be.
yeah what a tourist attraction that would be. Foursite
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1:23am Fri 19 Oct 12

yellowhunter13 says...

Well,Well so thats been thrown out as there would be too much hassle and no money left in the coffers for years to come eh?
So what happens when Portland gets the new holiday park planned? Cause the council will have to find another load of money to make changes to the islands roads etc and all the signage from weymouth . And then theres services to find monies for to link with that.
So if that one goes through when they submit that wont people question where did they find the money etc.....

Yeah get the train back!!!!!!!
Well,Well so thats been thrown out as there would be too much hassle and no money left in the coffers for years to come eh? So what happens when Portland gets the new holiday park planned? Cause the council will have to find another load of money to make changes to the islands roads etc and all the signage from weymouth . And then theres services to find monies for to link with that. So if that one goes through when they submit that wont people question where did they find the money etc..... Yeah get the train back!!!!!!! yellowhunter13
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4:56pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Wrinklyrod says...

Of course there is money to build the western link road. We just need local officials with the ability and determination to fight for it. Not much chance of that with the present bunch of incumbents, who have shown crass incompetence at every turn. Neglecting the harbour, iconic buildings and infrastucture. Presided over missed opportunities and ruinous projects, including foisting the most dangerous junction ever devised on us. Portland is home to one of the largest man made harbours on the planet. With good access it has the capacity to attract huge inward investment with proper jobs to keep our brightest youngsters here. But no, our worthies will bumble along, in their secure fire proof jobs until they collect their early final salary pensions which you the poor mugs who will fund them
can only dream of.
Of course there is money to build the western link road. We just need local officials with the ability and determination to fight for it. Not much chance of that with the present bunch of incumbents, who have shown crass incompetence at every turn. Neglecting the harbour, iconic buildings and infrastucture. Presided over missed opportunities and ruinous projects, including foisting the most dangerous junction ever devised on us. Portland is home to one of the largest man made harbours on the planet. With good access it has the capacity to attract huge inward investment with proper jobs to keep our brightest youngsters here. But no, our worthies will bumble along, in their secure fire proof jobs until they collect their early final salary pensions which you the poor mugs who will fund them can only dream of. Wrinklyrod
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6:33pm Fri 19 Oct 12

jillswinburn says...

Not entirely true. Funding for major road schemes comes from central government. There is only so much to go round and we just spent all our allowance on the new 'relief road', which I believe the local councils were instrumental in getting approved. So give them a break!
Not entirely true. Funding for major road schemes comes from central government. There is only so much to go round and we just spent all our allowance on the new 'relief road', which I believe the local councils were instrumental in getting approved. So give them a break! jillswinburn
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12:33pm Sun 21 Oct 12

DickDastardly says...

The Ferrybridge Inn would make a lovely charity shop.
The Ferrybridge Inn would make a lovely charity shop. DickDastardly
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1:09pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Weston7 says...

Not enough money? Britain gives £5 billion annually to the EU for structural funds which includes massive highway projects in Europe. According to today's Sunday Telegraph some of this gets syphoned off by the Mafia in Southern Italy.
Not enough money? Britain gives £5 billion annually to the EU for structural funds which includes massive highway projects in Europe. According to today's Sunday Telegraph some of this gets syphoned off by the Mafia in Southern Italy. Weston7
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2:55pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Throckape says...

Sooner or later the traffic has to come to a slow down. Making my way through Wyke every night is a drag but all you can do is move the bottleneck further down stream.
If we bring it together at Ferrybridge, people will complain that the beach road needs to be dual caridgeway.. What then? Bottleneck at Victoria square, Easton square, everybody piling into the channel at Portland Bill...
A western approach to Ferrybridge would be as exposed to the souwesterlies as the existing beach road.
We need something to ease the mess that is 'Boot hill' boot there are constraints.
Perhaps a simple extra road along the route of the old railway would be more pragmatic...
Sooner or later the traffic has to come to a slow down. Making my way through Wyke every night is a drag but all you can do is move the bottleneck further down stream. If we bring it together at Ferrybridge, people will complain that the beach road needs to be dual caridgeway.. What then? Bottleneck at Victoria square, Easton square, everybody piling into the channel at Portland Bill... A western approach to Ferrybridge would be as exposed to the souwesterlies as the existing beach road. We need something to ease the mess that is 'Boot hill' boot there are constraints. Perhaps a simple extra road along the route of the old railway would be more pragmatic... Throckape
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3:01am Mon 22 Oct 12

EtaoinShrdlu says...

Why not concrete over the top of Chesil Beach to make a fast route to Abbotsbury? Should be cheap if they use Poles.
Why not concrete over the top of Chesil Beach to make a fast route to Abbotsbury? Should be cheap if they use Poles. EtaoinShrdlu
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2:14pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Foursite says...

whatever we say or think,Portland has one road on and off the Island with a one way system that will undoubtable cause chaos for the Islanders if any holiday village gets the go ahead.It was the the wisdom of councils past that closed the second road.the rail road,without no shadow of doubt this would have done the local economy,PortlandPort
,Sunseekersand all the other local busineses that are complaining a world of good.if only the councils had the foursite.
whatever we say or think,Portland has one road on and off the Island with a one way system that will undoubtable cause chaos for the Islanders if any holiday village gets the go ahead.It was the the wisdom of councils past that closed the second road.the rail road,without no shadow of doubt this would have done the local economy,PortlandPort ,Sunseekersand all the other local busineses that are complaining a world of good.if only the councils had the foursite. Foursite
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3:00pm Mon 22 Oct 12

mark@greenhill says...

So, a few backward thinking locals, don't want the relief road or the holiday park built ?

Are those same selfish, backward thinking people willing to explain to those seeking jobs, exactly why they are happy for Portland to continue it's decline into a stagnant backwater with antiquated infrastructures.

They critisise anything & everyone, who proposes an improvement in the employment prospects for this area, whilst also complaing that nothing gets improved on the island.

If industry is strangled by poor roads, or local pressure groups, they will quickly find alternative, & forward thinking locations.

Remember New Look ?

But then, like those that complained about the Weymouth relief road, these people probably no longer need to work, or drive for a living?
So, a few backward thinking locals, don't want the relief road or the holiday park built ? Are those same selfish, backward thinking people willing to explain to those seeking jobs, exactly why they are happy for Portland to continue it's decline into a stagnant backwater with antiquated infrastructures. They critisise anything & everyone, who proposes an improvement in the employment prospects for this area, whilst also complaing that nothing gets improved on the island. If industry is strangled by poor roads, or local pressure groups, they will quickly find alternative, & forward thinking locations. Remember New Look ? But then, like those that complained about the Weymouth relief road, these people probably no longer need to work, or drive for a living? mark@greenhill
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7:52pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Foursite says...

could not agree with you more my friend I am a working professional driver and am lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the Island.I have had to take extra time to get to and from work on the mainland.I believe patience is a virtue that is quickly eroding in todays society. the promise of jobs cleaning caravans is what you aspire to do instead of driving, you had plenty of chance this summer wher there was ample opportunity to do so.you need to chill mate,
could not agree with you more my friend I am a working professional driver and am lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the Island.I have had to take extra time to get to and from work on the mainland.I believe patience is a virtue that is quickly eroding in todays society. the promise of jobs cleaning caravans is what you aspire to do instead of driving, you had plenty of chance this summer wher there was ample opportunity to do so.you need to chill mate, Foursite
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9:40pm Tue 23 Oct 12

yellowhunter13 says...

mark@greenhill wrote:
So, a few backward thinking locals, don't want the relief road or the holiday park built ?

Are those same selfish, backward thinking people willing to explain to those seeking jobs, exactly why they are happy for Portland to continue it's decline into a stagnant backwater with antiquated infrastructures.

They critisise anything & everyone, who proposes an improvement in the employment prospects for this area, whilst also complaing that nothing gets improved on the island.

If industry is strangled by poor roads, or local pressure groups, they will quickly find alternative, & forward thinking locations.

Remember New Look ?

But then, like those that complained about the Weymouth relief road, these people probably no longer need to work, or drive for a living?
Do you actually live on the lsland?Or does the greenhill bit give you away?
Whatever you believe with your pompous accusations in regards to as you call us backward thinking people! Most people like it because its quiet and we like the place and work away in busy areas thus the ride home is a good one knowing this. But another road would be handy otherwise we could get moses in! Just do me a favour and keep your insults about us backward people to yourself....
[quote][p][bold]mark@greenhill[/bold] wrote: So, a few backward thinking locals, don't want the relief road or the holiday park built ? Are those same selfish, backward thinking people willing to explain to those seeking jobs, exactly why they are happy for Portland to continue it's decline into a stagnant backwater with antiquated infrastructures. They critisise anything & everyone, who proposes an improvement in the employment prospects for this area, whilst also complaing that nothing gets improved on the island. If industry is strangled by poor roads, or local pressure groups, they will quickly find alternative, & forward thinking locations. Remember New Look ? But then, like those that complained about the Weymouth relief road, these people probably no longer need to work, or drive for a living?[/p][/quote]Do you actually live on the lsland?Or does the greenhill bit give you away? Whatever you believe with your pompous accusations in regards to as you call us backward thinking people! Most people like it because its quiet and we like the place and work away in busy areas thus the ride home is a good one knowing this. But another road would be handy otherwise we could get moses in! Just do me a favour and keep your insults about us backward people to yourself.... yellowhunter13
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