Quantum held a 3 day exhibition in July for members of the public to view and give feedback on the early design proposals for the site of the former Sherborne Hotel, on Horsecastles Lane, in Sherborne, Dorset.

The exhibition showed details of Quantum’s plans to build a new 24 bed boutique hotel, along with 38 extra care houses and 82 extra care apartments with communal facilities and landscaped gardens.

The exhibition can be viewed here

Kate Greatrix, head of community engagement at Quantum said:

“We want to regenerate this gateway location into a beautiful place for visitors and residents to enjoy, which will have pride of place in Sherborne.  Our plans for a new boutique hotel and homes for people aged 55 and over will bring many benefits to the town, including new job opportunities, new homes and a boost for local business and tourism.”

The planned hotel (artist’s impression above) will have 24 en-suite rooms, a terrace restaurant, separate lounge bar and conference facilities for up to 120.

To encourage as much feedback as possible, this first public event was publicised widely throughout Sherborne, with extensive advertising, signage and posters. Over 5,000 leaflets were distributed to businesses, shops, associations and residents.

Members of Quantum’s Community Engagement team welcomed over 400 people to the event, and were available to discuss and answer questions about the proposals.

Local media coverage included The Western Gazette, BBC Somerset and Abbey 104 FM.

Kate Greatrix said:

“We have had a great response to our first public consultation, and want to thank everybody for coming along and sharing their views.  We are currently looking at all the feedback, and will continue to keep everybody informed of progress throughout the planning stages.”

Quantum intends to submit a planning application for the proposed development to West Dorset District Council later this year.