Published: September 2, 2020 | Updated: September 2, 2020

Biz News round-up: Savills, Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Dorset Police, Barbara Fowler

Newton’s Cove in Weymouth which is being marketed by Savills on behalf of Fraser Real Estate.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Waterfront development site in Weymouth with panoramic sea views

A development site with panoramic sea views has come to the market in Weymouth.

Newton’s Cove is a waterfront brownfield development site of about 12 acres.

The site is allocated within the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland adopted Local Plan for mixed use redevelopment.

It has planning permission in place for a care village to include 195 sheltered accommodation units and a 60 bed care home with 34 respite hotel suites.

Newton’s Cove is being marketed by Savills on behalf of Fraser Real Estate.

Paul Spong, of Savills’ South Coast development team, said: “This is an exceptional opportunity, with amazing, panoramic sea views.

“This kind of site, in this position, doesn’t come around very often.

“The site has previously been granted planning permission for a care village but that is just one planning option available.

“It is allocated for mixed use development in the adopted Local Plan and therefore has a potential for a range of planning uses, including residentially led developments.”


Rescue dog trains to become fully-fledged police dog

A rescue dog from Margaret Green Animal Rescue (MGAR) has become a fully-fledged police dog.

Jeff, a young English Springer Spaniel, needed a forever home where he could put his boundless energy and working drive to good use.

Initially housed at the charity’s Wingletang centre near Tavistock in Devon, MGAR contacted Devon & Cornwall Police Dog Section which came and assessed Jeff and felt he had potential for a future career in the police.

Fast forward six months and he’s now completed his training with Dorset Police as a detection dog and is on active service as PD Jeff.

To mark his ‘graduation’ Jeff, pictured left, was presented with his official police dog collar at the Church Knowle Rehoming and Visitor Centre.

He received the collar from Niki Ging, Centre Manager at Wingletang.

Also in attendance was Matt Devereux, Trustee; Kate Wickins, Church Knowle Centre Manager, and Dorset Police.

Inspector Neil Leat, Head of the Dog Section, said: “It’s been great to work with Margaret Green Animal Rescue to give Jeff a new start in life.

“For our specialist search dogs, we’re keen to work with animal rescue charities to offer dogs looking for a forever home a new active role within the police service.

“Having received his paw-fect official police collar, Jeff is about to embark on a paw-some career with Dorset Police sniffing out the evidence!”

Margaret Green Animal Rescue rehomes and rescues more than 1200 animals a year.


Dorset author invites you to meet HapiLots and friends

A Dorset-based businesswoman and author has created a series of books designed to reassure and educate children who are going into hospital.

As a child growing up in Dublin, Barbara ‘Babs’ Fowler spent a lot of time in hospital.

When she wrote HapiLots, she was especially conscious of her book being part of the overall healthcare support network for children.

Barbara, pictured left, said: “A medical environment is not only frightening if something occurs as an emergency, but also somewhat isolating.

“For example if a youngster is going through a series of treatments or spending time in hospital then he or she is missing out on everyday school and home life.

“The book aims to be a core part of educating children about what going into hospital can feel like and make them a little less scared during what can be an overwhelming experience, even with parents and wonderful doctors and nurses around to explain a procedure.”

HapiLots is a mischievous, animated character who lives inside a children’s teaching hospital with his friends.

He believes laughter is the best medicine as he helps children cope with hospital visits and stays.

HapiLots is an anagram of hospital.

The first book follows Lola, a young girl who is in hospital because of tonsillitis.

At first, she is very apprehensive, but soon enough she doesn’t feel so alone, because HapiLots bursts out of her gaming tablet to help her through and, most importantly, make her smile.

Profits from the book will be donated to children’s hospitals for specific projects.

Based upon the book’s success, Barbara aims to build a brand which will span merchandise, toys and games, all featuring HapiLots and Friends.

All will be designed to reassure sick children and help parents and guardians prepare their little ones for a hospital stay.

Well-known in the business community, Barbara tirelessly supports various Dorset organisations in a voluntary capacity such as St Ann’s Hospital, Poole; Tenovus Cancer Care’s charity shop in Bournemouth and Hospital Radio Bedside.

She is a semi-finalist of the BHStar Awards in association with Hoburne in the Goode Choice Leading Star Category.

Barbara said: “I am excited to see where I will go with this, based upon excellent initial feedback.

“Quite simply, I want to help as many sick children as I can and fill a gap which I feel has not previously been addressed.”

The book is available from Amazon and is also being sold via book stores priced at £5.99.

To find out more visit or purchase the book via Amazon here.