Dorset Council Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment

SHLAA - Site details


Site reference
WD/DORC/023
Settlement
Dorchester
Site name / address
Former HMP Dorchester
Total site area (ha)
1.74
Current land use
Former Prison now vacant.
Existing development
N/A
Developable site area (ha)
1.74
Brownfield
Yes
Brownfield register - part 1
31/12/2017
Brownfield register - part 2
No
Uniform Resource Identifier
http://opendatacommunities.org/id/district-council/west-dorset
 
Previously part of
(No details recorded)
Hazardous substances
No
Easting
369211
Northing
90903

Constraints and possible mitigation


Topography / ground condition
Elevated but level within walls. Steep escarpment along northern edge.
Topography / ground condition mitigation
(No details recorded)
Flood risk
In northern portion of site
Flood risk mitigation
(No details recorded)
Access
Existing vehicular access from North Square, from High East St via the Bow. Constrained in width. Footways into town centre.
Access mitigation
Vehicular access is a major constraint on the type of housing that could be accommodated. Car free development such as student or elderly accommodation.
Contamination
None recorded
Contamination mitigation
(No details recorded)
Existing infrastructure / facilities
Utilities available on site. Close to town centre facilities.
Existing infrastructure / facilities mitigation
(No details recorded)
Site features
(No details recorded)
Site features mitigation
(No details recorded)
Townscape / landscape character
High density urban development. A number of listed buildings and locally important buildings are situated around the site. The purpose-built Victorian prison is an important landmark building in the town and in views to the north..
Townscape / landscape character mitigation
(No details recorded)
Environmental
(No details recorded)
Environmental mitigation
(No details recorded)

Additional details


Planning status
Full Planning Permission
Date granted
06/02/2017
Planning history
WD/D/16/002697 Change of use of the main cell blocks & gatehouse to residential accommodation (use class C3) (60 units) with an interpretation space in the gatehouse. Construction of new residential blocks & residential terrace (use class C3) (125 units) & associated landscaping and car parking.
Ownership status
owned by a public authority
Suitability
Yes subject to vehicular access and highways issues being addressed satisfactorily.
Achievability
Development would be viable in this location
Availability
Owner identified
Estimate of potential
Housing
Housing site area (ha)
1.74
Potential housing density (dph)
106
Potential housing yield (units)
185
Unit type
House/flat
Anticipated housing delivery
1-5 years
Non-housing development
(No details recorded)
Net dwellings range from
185
Net dwellings range to
185
Development description
(No details recorded)
Site information
(No details recorded)
Relevant policy considerations
Within DDB. Archaeology (site of former castle), Listed Building (gatehouse) and walls, Conservation Area, restricted vehicular access via The Bow and North Square..
Additional notes
(No details recorded)
Conclusion
A developable site.
Excluded
No
Dorset Council Land Availability Assessment.
This is a technical study to inform future policy development; it does not in itself constitute planning policy.