Former Weymouth bar Rumshack could be converted into houses

A CLOSED Weymouth bar could be converted back into homes if plans are approved.

Plans to create two townhouses and two maisonettes at the former Rumshack restaurant and bar, in Maiden Street, have been submitted to Dorset Council.

“The former restaurant and bar premises has changed hands over recent years and is now closed, and having been vacant for some time, the buildings are now in poor repair,” the application said.

“The premises are made up of a group of three buildings, comprising two former townhouses on Church Passage, which have shopfronts at the ground-floor level, and a former warehouse-style building on the corner of Church Passage and Maiden Street.”

The plan aims to change the use of the premises to residential, with “minimal external building works” taking place.

“The proposal comprises two maisonettes in the corner warehouse building and two town houses to the north, fronting Church Passage.”

Each townhouse would have an open plan living/dining/kitchen area and two bedrooms, the plans said, with two bedrooms.

“The maisonettes would provide a one-bedroom unit at ground and first-floor level and a two-bedroom unit on the second floor, above with bedrooms at the attic level.”

The original arrangement of the buildings, including houses on Church Passage, would be reinstated, the plan said, with “unsightly existing signage, advertisements and ventilation ducts to be removed”.

“All new doors and windows would be painted timber and where necessary, windows would be sliding sashes, or inward-opening to avoid any encroachment onto the pavement.”

For more details, and to comment on the scheme, log on to and search for application reference P/FUL/2023/07423.

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