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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Dorchester Town Centre Development Potential; Charles Street; West Dorset District Council

A report by G L Hearn (pdf) - "Keeping retailers in Dorchester and making the town a thriving regional shopping centre remains the aim".

"Dorchester is a comparatively affluent area, with population bias to older age groups, high car ownership and high retail expenditure leakage".

"The town should look to attract and retain more expenditure (comparison and convenience), especially from younger age groups but also from the silver pound".

"Given its large catchment, mobile population with high car ownership, safe and accessible car parking will continue to be important to catchment and retail/leisure operators".

"Charles Street would remain a challenging site to develop out based upon former larger scale schemes, but there appears to be a good opportunity to promote a more balanced, smaller and appropriately scaled scheme, which is likely to be viable and favourably received by the occupier and developer/investor market. On this basis we consider there is a reasonable prospect of delivering a retail based scheme".

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