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Weymouth Peninsula development

The Weymouth Peninsula Redevelopment aims to create a new, year-round destination, including upgraded tourism and leisure facilities, new public spaces and family-orientated commercial uses for both residents and tourists, as well as undertaking harbour improvements and repairs.

The project is part of the Weymouth Town Centre Masterplan which sets out an ambitious proposal to transform Weymouth Town Centre into a vibrant and prosperous community. It involves the regeneration of 5 key areas of Weymouth town centre, resulting in new homes, jobs and top quality cultural and leisure facilities. The Weymouth Peninsula is one of these key sites.

Public engagement events

There were two public engagement events in March 2018 on:

  • Wednesday 14 March, 5pm - 8pm
  • Thursday 15 March, 11am - 2pm

An online survey ran until 6 April 2018. We wanted to hear residents' views before we submitted our initial planning application in the spring.

Read the Peninsular Development Engagement.

What's being proposed for the Peninsula

The Peninsula occupies a visible location at the end of the Esplanade and contains the Pavilion Theatre, harbour facilities, the former ferry terminal and a surface car park. It is close to the beach and forms part of the setting of Nothe Fort, which is a Scheduled Monument.

Although the Esplanade is an attractive and popular area, visitor numbers to Weymouth depend considerably upon the weather. Our aim is to bring new facilities to the Peninsula which will expand Weymouth's leisure offer and add to its year-round attraction.

We are therefore proposing a mixture of new, indoor-leisure buildings, hotels and restaurants which will complement other attractions in the town.

The Pavilion Theatre is a popular destination in the town. It will be retained, surrounded by improved pedestrianised walkways, which will extend the Esplanade as far as the Pleasure Pier and introduce a walkway along the Harbourside edge of the peninsula.

The existing car parking provision on the Peninsula is important to the town throughout the year, therefore some car parking will also be retained.

Additional life will be brought to the Harbourside by the creation of new harbour facilities.

About the project

What's happened so far

Events were held in summer and autumn 2014 including:

  • asking the public what they liked about Weymouth and what they would like to change
  • workshops that looked at how Weymouth could develop over the next 5 years
  • conversations with businesses and landowners

Proposals to build flats or residential housing on the Peninsula site weren't viable as parts of the Peninsula fall within a flood zone.

What's happening now

  • outline plans are being developed and we are in pre-application discussions with statutory consultees as part of the Planning process - an outline planning application will be submitted in the spring
  • market testing and making sure that any proposed scheme can be funded
  • a Harbour Revision Order is being drafted to modernise and consolidate harbour legislation and improve our ability to manage the harbour

Next steps

The Peninsula redevelopment is taking place on quite a large site, so it will be conducted in phases. Upcoming milestones for the project include:

  • further financial modelling and development of funding options for the project
  • progressing the scheme design and securing outline planning consent
  • financial appraisal of the harbour investment proposals from the Fisher report
  • secure specialist legal advice and professional services to further support the development of the scheme
  • formal marketing of initial elements to secure pre-let and/or pre-sales of initial units
  • Wall D design solutions are expected to take place in the spring and the target for the repair work is autumn 2018

Get project updates

We will post updates and public engagement event information on the Dorsetforyou Newsroom, in the resident e-newsletter and on the Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Twitter account.

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