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  • Land at Weymouth Gateway

    Proposed hotel and pub / restaurant

    Non-technical summary

    Premier Inns Ltd

    February 2011

  • Land at Weymouth Gateway Premier Inns Ltd

    Proposed hotel and pub / restaurant

    Non-technical summary

    Terence O’Rourke Ltd February 2011 228901

    Non-technical summary

    Introduction

    NTS.1 In April 2007, New Look Retailers Ltd submitted an outline planning

    application to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to redevelop the

    Mount Pleasant Business Park with a mix of employment uses, hotel, retail

    and community facilities. The application was supported by an

    environmental impact assessment (EIA). Planning permission for the scheme

    was granted in August 2007, and this permission was extended for a further

    three years in August 2010.

    NTS.2 New Look Retailers Ltd applied for an amended scheme for the site’s

    redevelopment in January 2011, which also incorporated the redevelopment

    of the site of the existing New Look distribution centre for a proposed

    foodstore. This application included proposals for a hotel and pub /

    restaurant. The site was renamed Weymouth Gateway.

    NTS.3 The planning application was a ‘hybrid’, which was submitted in outline

    with all matters reserved for the majority of the site. For the outline elements

    of the application, this meant that siting of buildings was reserved for all

    zones. The exceptions were the offices to be occupied by New Look, for

    which full details were submitted, and the proposed foodstore, for which all

    matters were reserved except the layout of the foodstore and associated

    petrol filling station and car park.

    NTS.4 Premier Inns Ltd is now applying for full planning permission for a hotel

    block and pub / restaurant, together with parking and access, on part of the

    site. The application is submitted in the context of the hybrid application for

    the wider site and the proposed hotel and pub / restaurant are consistent with

    the proposal shown in the hybrid application. The location, plans and

    massing are the same as those applied for in the hybrid.

    NTS.5 An EIA was considered necessary for the hybrid application, in accordance

    with Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact

    Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (as amended), due to

    the potential for significant environmental effects. An environmental

    statement (ES) was prepared to report the findings and was submitted with

    the hybrid application.

    NTS.6 A separate EIA is not required for the full application for the hotel and pub /

    restaurant, as it is not considered likely to have significant environmental

    effects in its own right that would exceed those assessed in the EIA for the

    wider hybrid application. As set out above, the location, plans and massing

    of the proposed buildings are the same as those assessed in the hybrid

    application’s EIA.

    NTS.7 This document has been prepared as a summary of the potential effects of the

    proposed hotel and pub / restaurant and does not form part of the hybrid

    application’s EIA. It includes relevant baseline information from the EIA of

  • Land at Weymouth Gateway Premier Inns Ltd

    Proposed hotel and pub / restaurant

    Non-technical summary

    Terence O’Rourke Ltd February 2011 228901

    the wider hybrid application, summarises where the effects of the proposed

    hotel and pub / restaurant are the same as those for the hybrid application as

    a whole and highlights where the effects of the hotel and pub / restaurant

    differ from those identified for the whole hybrid application.

    The application site

    NTS.8 The proposed development site (figure NTS1) lies on Mercery Road,

    approximately 2.8 km north of Weymouth town centre, and forms part of the

    wider Weymouth Gateway site. It is bordered to the west by the existing

    New Look distribution centre and to the north by the new access road,

    roundabout and embankments that are under construction as part of the

    Weymouth Relief Road. Lorton Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) lies

    beyond this land. The site is bordered to the east by a ditch, beyond which

    lies Lodmoor landfill site. Lodmoor SSSI and Nature Reserve lies beyond

    the landfill site to the east and south east.

    NTS.9 The south of the site is bordered by an existing small warehouse, which

    includes an ambulance station and the New Look Mock Shop and Recycling

    Centre. The site covers an area of approximately 0.87 hectares and comprises

    partly of made ground vegetated with rough grassland, partly of an area

    affected by the construction works to the north and partly of the New Look

    staff car park and the service yard for the warehouse.

    The proposals

    NTS.10 It is proposed to provide a 60-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and a 220-cover

    Beefeater pub / restaurant (figure NTS2). The hotel will be three storeys

    high, with a maximum height of 12 m to ridge and the pub / restaurant will

    be one and two storeys high, with a maximum height to ridge of 10 m. The

    hotel will have an internal floor area of 2,000 m 2 and the pub / restaurant will

    have an internal floor area of 800 m 2 .

    NTS.11 The elevations of the hotel will include the use of white render and panels of

    Roach Portland stone and the building will be set on a plinth of re-constituted

    Portland stone in layered blocks. The roof will be grey in colour and non-

    reflective. The pub / restaurant will also include the use of Roach Portland

    stone panelling, together with white render, and the roof will be finished in

    materials to match the hotel.

    NTS.12 The northern end of Mercery Road will be connected to the new relief road

    as part of the relief road construction, and this will form the access to the

    site. A total of 102 car parking spaces will be provided on site for the

    proposed hotel and pub / restaurant. These will primarily be located at the

    rear of the buildings (figure NTS2). The hotel will have very limited

    servicing requirements, which consist of laundry collection and delivery. The

    pub / restaurant will have a dedicated service bay adjacent to the screened

    yard.

  • Land at Weymouth Gateway Premier Inns Ltd

    Proposed hotel and pub / restaurant

    Non-technical summary

    Terence O’Rourke Ltd February 2011 228901

    NTS.13 The landscape strategy for the proposed development will be compatible

    with that proposed for the wider hybrid application. It includes native tree

    planting along the eastern boundary with the buffer area, shrubs and trees in

    the car parking areas and around the proposed hotel and planting and hard

    surface areas around the proposed pub / restaurant.

    NTS.14 A surface water drainage strategy has been designed that will attenuate run-

    off from the hotel and pub / restaurant application site to greenfield rates.

    The proposed sustainable drainage system will use a mix of geocellular

    storage and captured infiltration from porous hard surfaces and a hydrobrake

    to achieve the attenuation to the required rate. Water will then outfall to the

    swale to the east of the site.

    Environmental effects

    Air quality

    NTS.15 The traffic-related pollutants nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate

    matter (PM10) were the focus of the air quality assessment that formed part of

    the EIA for the hybrid application. They are also the main factors that could

    potentially be affected by the proposed hotel and pub / restaurant.

    NTS.16 Monitoring undertaken by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for

    NO2 in the vicinity of the site suggests that existing roadside concentrations

    are below the relevant UK air quality objective. Background concentrations

    of PM10 are also shown to be substantially below the UK objective

    concentrations.

    NTS.17 During the construction phase, there is likely to be a temporary increase in

    heavy vehicle traffic on some local roads; but predominantly the relief road.

    The movement of soil and heavy machinery over bare ground within the site

    may result in some dust suspension and re-suspension, although dust tends to

    settle out within approximately 100 m of the source. Mitigation measures for

    controlling dust are tried and tested and are considered to reduce this

    potential effect to surrounding land use receptors to negligible.

    NTS.18 The modelling undertaken for the hybrid application to predict emissions

    related to operational traffic activities showed that the national air quality

    strategy objective limits for NO2 and PM10 will not be exceeded for any of

    the scenarios modelled. The modelling demonstrated that the overall hybrid

    scheme will have a negligible effect on air quality. Therefore, it is considered

    that the smaller amount of traffic associated with the proposed hotel and pub

    / restaurant will not significantly affect air quality.

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