New office development in Dorchester gets go-ahead

Posted on by Rob Powell

A £60million investment will see a former car park in Dorchester turned into new offices, alongside the creation of shops, affordable homes and a hotel.

The controversial Charles Street Scheme was voted through by West Dorset councillors last week – with the council themselves set to relocate to the new office space once built.

The move by the council into the new offices will cost £11million, but leader of the council, Cllr Robert Gould, told the BBC:  “Obviously there is a cost to moving, but the figures show that this will be outweighed by the significant fall in running costs.”

Critics of the large development called it a “monster” and expressed concerns about the loss of mature trees on the site, but with planning permission granted, work looks set to begin early next year.

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