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Dorchester Gaol, Dorchester Goal, North Square, Dorchester, DT1 1HY

4.81 acres / Other

For Sale

Available - Last updated: 13 March 2020


Exceptional residential development opportunity in the heart of historic Dorchester.


Dorchester lies at the junction of the A35, South Coast trunk road, and the A37, which leads north to Yeovil. It also has direct rail links to London and Bristol.

The site is located in an elevated position to the north of central Dorchester, and is bounded by the Millstream to the north (which connects two branches of the River Frome), with the other three sides of the site being bounded by mainly residential properties.
High Street East and Cornhill, which are two of the main retail thoroughfares in the town, are less than 100m to the South, providing easy access to local amenities.


The site extends to approximately 1.95 ha (4.81 acres). It is accessed from North Square via a drive and car park that is part of the development site that lies outside the prison wall. There are several modern houses that are to be demolished as part of the proposed scheme. The area behind the wall is accessed via a vehicle gate or the original gatehouse, which is the only listed building on site. The buildings inside the wall comprise a number of period buildings including the main Victorian prison building set out in a traditional wing layout. The existing buildings to be retained are up to 5 storeys with the upper storeys benefitting from excellent views over the town and surrounding countryside. A number of buildings within the walled area are to be demolished, creating areas for the new build development and open space. Existing buildings on site extend to approximately 10,654 sq m (114,680 sq ft). the proposed development extends to approximately 17,406 sq m (187,680 sq ft). Parking is provided at ground level within the walls. A basement car park is to be developed beneath units on the existing car park at the sites entrance with access from North Square.


The residential led redevelopment of the former Dorchester Prison received planning and listed building consent by West Dorset District Council (ref: WD/D/16/002697 & WD/D/16/002698) on 16 February 2017 for the following: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. Demolition of a number of non-Listed buildings. Alterations to public realm & highways in North Square and The Bow.The site is within the Dorchester Conservation Area and contains one Grade II listed building (the Gatehouse). The decision notices include a number of pre-commencement and pre-occupation conditions and the permissions will remain live for three years from the decision date (16 February 2017).There is no Section 106 agreement and therefore no affordable housing is to be provided. The site is liable for payment of CIL. JLL acted as planning agent for City & Country. Any queries should be directed to:Kevin Hunt Planning Director kevin.hunt@eu.jll.com0117 928 1647


The site is freehold, registered under title references DT290634 and DT283771. Please note that the overage referred to on the title no longer applies.


The site will be elected for VAT on sale.

Method of Sale and Inspections

Unconditional offers are invited for the site. Bids are to be submitted to james.petherick@eu.jll.com by 1pm on 25th May 2017. Bidders should note the following:1.A single purchase payment is preferred. Any deferred payment proposals will require appropriate security provisions2.Warranties, copyright to drawings and relevant reports will be assigned to the purchaser where possibleInterested parties should include the following information with their bid:1.Offer and details of payment terms2.Proof of ability to finance the purchase3.Confirmation of board approval or other sanction to make the offer/purchase4.Details of any conditions of purchase or due diligence required pre-exchange5.Timings for exchange and completion The vendor reserves the right not to accept the highest or any of the bids received. They also reserve the right to interview prospective purchasers and seek best and final bids if necessary. Two viewing days have been arranged to provide an internal tour of the buildings. JLL will be on site between 11 and 3 on the following days:26th April 10th May Interested parties should attend their attendance before the viewing day.

Property Quote Price(s)

DescriptionSale typeGuide pricePrice type
Residential Use For Sale Freehold £0.00 NA

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