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Historic scheme streets ahead

A recreation of Weymouth’s historic high street is set to be placed at the heart of Magna Housing’s North Quay development.

Magna aims to turn the former Weymouth & Portland Borough Council offices on the harbourside into much needed homes for local people.

The housing association recently announced that a scheme with the historic high street at its heart was by far the most popular choice when it held a consultation event in January.

Now Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s management committee has also backed the idea, as reported by the Dorset Echo.

The old high street ran along the harbourside from the town bridge through the North Quay site, past the Boot pub and along what is now High West Street.

It formed the heart of the original town and port of Weymouth, with Melcome Regis on the other side of the town bridge.

Dorchester-based Magna aims to build 75 homes for rent and shared ownership plus 50 homes for older people on the site.

It presented four different potential layouts at its consultation event, with percentages showing the levels of support:

Layout 1 – historic street – 53.8%

Layout 2 – harbour views – 15.4%

Layout 3 – finger blocks – 8.7%

Layout 4 – pedestrian street – 22.1%

The scheme also includes parking for the wider community, commercial space on public space.

In other responses to a questionnaire circulated by Magna at its consultation event, 68 per cent of respondents liked its proposals,  while 61 per cent agreed with the mix of shared ownership and rented homes.

Some 77 per cent of people wanted to see some open space for community use with support for a café, leisure facilities and shops.

Concerns included archaeology, roads, design, flooding and parking.

The next stage is for details to go forward to the new Dorset Council, which will also need to win a £3m bid for Homes England money to clear the site.

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