A HISTORIC pub which was going to be partially retained has now been completely demolished to become a part of a new housing site in Weymouth.

The New Inn pub on Littlemoor Road has now been demolished to make way for three new dwellings.

The front of the pub was going to be retained and protected, however it has now been demolished following an amendment to the plans.

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The application submitted to the council to take down the front of the building said it should be taken down as a solution to technical difficulties to meet building control standards.

The new front will have multi paned windows and front door porches.

It will be the second new housing development in the area with an adjacent site of nine new homes.

The Weymouth Civic Society were disappointed to hear that it was not possible to partially restore the building and that it had to be completely demolished.

In a newsletter, the Weymouth Civic Society said: "The story of the former New Inn has taken a further step in its progression from a small local historic inn with its car park, to becoming part of a housing site. It is now over five years since the first planning application to convert the pub and develop at the rear was submitted.

"While this should in our view have been ‘enabling development’ to allow for the restoration of the old Inn building, this was not to be, and it continued to deteriorate while the housing development took place. Finally permission has been granted for all its frontage to be pulled down and rebuilt, completing the demolition of the whole building.

"We must now hope that the resulting replica will look attractive in its setting, even though it will not be the original historic inn."

Dorset Echo has recently reported on more housing developments which have been proposed in Littlemoor.

An application for 66 homes has been lodged for a 2.5 hectare site south of Louviers Road, Cornflower Close and Gentian Way.