Have your say about North Quay in Weymouth
Local residents are invited to attend consultation events where they will be asked for their views on the proposed development at North Quay in Weymouth.
The events will take place at the Crown Hotel by Weymouth Town Bridge on Wednesday 16 January between 2pm and 8pm and on Thursday 17 January between 10am and 4pm.
Anyone who cannot make either event will be able to fill a questionnaire in on line from Magna’s website or on its Facebook page. The online questionnaire will be available from 16 to 23 January 2019.
It is hoped the former offices at North Quay can be pulled down and principles for a planning application worked up by the time Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is abolished in April. The new Dorset Council would then work through the planning process with Magna Housing.
The development of this site by Magna offers the chance for homes to be built that are both desirable and affordable with the opportunities for people of all ages to buy or rent their new home, including first time buyers and those who may want to down size and be located centrally.
David Aldwinckle, property director at Magna Housing, said: “We are committed to finding out what local people think about proposals to build on the site of the old council offices and build this into our proposals.
“Our bid to the Council included homes suitable for singles, couples and families with a balance of homes across the generations, so it will be interesting to hear people’s thoughts.”
Councillor Jeff Cant, council leader and Briefholder for Finance & Assets, said: “I am delighted to confirm that the borough council has decided to work with Magna Housing to secure the redevelopment of North Quay.
“This is a key part of our masterplan to regenerate Weymouth town centre, alongside our ambitious proposals for the Weymouth Peninsula site.
“The borough council is keen to ensure the redevelopment of the site provides parking as well as residential units.
“We have looked at a range of options, but believe progressing the development with Magna gives us the best opportunity to leave a legacy that will be of real benefit to the borough.
“It will also help the council to secure additional grant funding from central government to cover some of the costs associated with the development.”
Opening Doors, a partnership of local councils, which aims to support the building of 20,000 more homes by 2033, will also be represented at the North Quay event.
Councillor Gill Taylor, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Housing said: “We are in need of more homes for people locally, this is why we launched our Opening Doors Programme.
“The prospect of more new homes is fantastic news for Weymouth and I think the best possible way the site could be developed.”
“As part of the Opening Doors programme, we have started a Home Ownership Register to learn more about housing demand and find out the size and locations of homes that people want.
“We send details of upcoming developments and opportunities to own a home to anyone who is on the register so I would recommend anyone looking to own their own home to sign up to it.”
Anyone attending the event will have the chance to look at some possible plans and discuss any changes they think should be made.
There will also be people on hand to give advice to anyone who is looking for housing, particularly if they want to buy their own home but think it will be unaffordable.
Paul Read, head of development and sales at Magna Housing, said: “We will be able to help people get onto the property ladder, by offering some of the homes based through the increasingly popular shared ownership scheme.
“With much lower deposits required and flexibility in the percentage of the initial equity in the home people choose to buy, people simply don’t realise how affordable it might be for them to buy their new home. As their circumstances change they can buy the remaining equity.
“These events will give us an opportunity of telling people about shared ownership.”
Magna will review the results of the two consultation events with the council and make the findings available through its website.