Where we are in the planning process.

We are currently in the process of designing the hotel before submitting our plans to Dorset Council. The brief is to design a Premier Inn hotel that meets our operational requirements, whilst also suiting the surroundings of Dorchester. The new hotel also needs to align with Whitbread’s objective of becoming a net zero business (for scope 1 and 2 emissions) by 2040.


We have spent many months first finding what we believe is the right site in the town and also working on our current design for the hotel.

It’s really important to us that the new building fits into the local neighbourhood, creating a comfortable, affordable and attractive place for visitors to stay, as well as providing significant investment into jobs and the local economy.

We have been keen to find out what the local community thinks of our plans for a hotel in the heart of Dorchester.

We spoke to Dorchester Town Council, Dorset Council and other local organisations about our plans for the site. We shared our developing plans with the public at a public exhibition and an online webinar, held on 6th and 7th September 2023.

Attendees at these events were able to see the emerging plans for the new hotel, ask questions and hear from the team about what we are proposing and the benefits we will bring to Dorchester. We would like to thank everyone who attended these events for their interest and their feedback. The information displayed at the consultation events remains available to download below.

The period of public consultation on our proposals closed on 21st September. We are now reviewing the feedback we have received and would like to thank everyone for their comments.

Consultation Period

The consultation period opened on Wednesday 6th September 2023 and closed at midnight, Thursday 21st September 2023.

If you have any questions about the consultation or proposals, then please contact the project team.