Public Interest Groups compare notes

Representatives of Bridport Local Area Partnership, Bridport Area Development Trust, local Youth organisations and Enterprise St Michael’s put their heads together in January to compare their feelings about the redevelopment ideas put forward by site owners Hayward & Co.

There was general agreement that if the Trading Estate were developed along the scheme proposed, it would be to the detriment of the businesses on site.  It was felt unacceptable that this change of use should principally benefit the site owners, while not yielding compensating benefits for residents such as genuinely affordable housing or improved access to small, cheap business units for start-up or micro businesses of all types.

Attendees discussed that there are other, apparently viable ways of recovering the Estate’s run down condition without subjecting it to the 95 units of housing proposed, along the lines that Enterprise St Michael’s recommend.