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Seafront gateway plan unveiled

18 July 08 07:58 GMT

Plans for a major £135m redevelopment of Weymouth Pavilion and ferry terminal in Dorset have been unveiled.

The scheme, which is expected to create 400 jobs, includes a hotel, a new ferry terminal building, refurbished theatre, marina berths, and new flats.

Councillors voted to back the scheme in June despite a petition signed by 7,500 people against the proposals.

The plans can be viewed at the Mulberry Centre until Saturday with a planning application expected next month.

Developers Howard Holdings said the scheme would also include space for a World Heritage Centre, restaurants, cafes, bars and a shopping area.

Spoil views

Gary Charman, regional director for Howard Holdings, said: "This development has been designed to meet both the current and future needs of the local community.

"We want to encourage an open and continuing discussion, so are keen to communicate our plans to as many local people as possible."

If the planning application is approved, construction is expected to start in spring 2009 and be finished towards the end of 2011.

Earlier plans to develop Weymouth seafront were revised to make the scheme more economically viable.

Opponents, including the Our Weymouth group, say the scheme will spoil views and scare off tourists.

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