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Council backs Premier Inn plans for 100-bedroom hotel on site of former M&S in Dorchester

The proposed hotel on South Street. Image: Premier Inn

By Daniel Face [email protected]

Published: June 5, 2024 | Updated: 5th June 2024

Plans to build a 100-bedroom Premier Inn hotel in the centre of Dorchester could move forward after town councillors expressed their unanimous support this week.

Premier Inn logoThe project would see the derelict former Marks & Spencer store on South Street redeveloped as part of an estimated £11 million investment from Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company.

Research commissioned by the company also suggests the hotel would contribute roughly £3 million a year to the local economy, with jobs available throughout the roughly 18-month construction period and around 30 full-time positions after opening.

Premier Inn has assured it has ‘no plans’ to close the hotel at Brewery Square if South Street goes ahead.

The next step will be a planning decision from Dorset Council.

Residents can still leave feedback on the county council planning portal until 21 June.

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