Western Growth Corridor
Western Growth Corridor, Weymouth
Start Date:26/11/2015 End Date:31/03/2017
Growth Deal funding up to £600,000
Funding awarded to Dorset's Council Partnership
Project Summary - Preparatory work into planned development of public assets.
- Preparatory work to inform and create the Western Growth Corridor Strategy.
Progress towards forecast: Delivered
- £11m leverage of public assets to deliver WGC Strategy
- 56 HA land unlocked
- 2,700 jobs
- 400 homes
Progress towards forecast: On Target
Dorset Councils Partnership, its partners and the local community wanted to shape and develop a clear strategy to deliver a brighter future for Weymouth town centre and also contribute to the wider economic growth potential of Weymouth, Dorchester, and Portland. The emerging strategic economic plan would set out the growth ambition for the area, the Western Growth Hub. This project has widespread public support with the population supporting significant changes to ensure a prosperous future for the town and surrounding area.
Dorset LEP funding was for feasibility work in advance of developing a strategy. Which will involve developing 1,000 new homes and in excess of 2,700 jobs across five brownfield sites, amounting to 58 hectares in the town centre, to bring greater prosperity and create a vibrant and exciting place to live, work in and visit.
The Western Dorset Economic Growth Strategy was adopted by Dorset Councils Partnership (Weymouth and Portland Borough and West Dorset and North Dorset District Councils) and Dorset County Council in December 2016. The first 5 year Action Plan of the strategy was agreed and adopted in April 2017, which included recommendations from the transport plan.
Katherine May, Programme Manager