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With the amazing success of the previous two series, ITV’s Broadchurch has begun filming its third series against the beautiful coastal backdrop of Dorset. But producers may need to work quickly because owners of an iconic cliff-side house in West Bay are seeking permission to demolish it.

Crew for the drama have been seen outside the famous house where Danny Latimer was murdered in the first season of the show. But due to erosion concerns in the area, ITV may be hurrying their production schedule because the owners of the house want to knock it down.

According to news sources, the Wingfield-Digby family want to demolish the structure and rebuild a replicate version about 100 metres inland because of fears it could collapse into the sea due to the ongoing erosion of the surrounding cliffs.

“The existing chalet is getting closer and closer to the cliff edge and there is a concern over the longevity of it,” said Edward Dyke of the family’s property agents Symonds and Sampson to the Mail Online. “The family are concerned about that and want to move it back and re-erect it in a better location. They are hoping it will still look the same, but it will be in a different location.

“No date has been set yet for it to be demolished if it receives planning permission, but I think the family want to do it relatively soon.”

West Bay is considered the ‘Golden Gateway’ to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. It lies just south of Bridport, between Eype and Burton Bradstock, and is part of the Dorset Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site within Lyme Bay.

The perfect destination for those enjoying Dorset cottage holidays, West Bay is ideal for coastal and countryside walks, fossil hunting, and water sports. Since the show gained prominence, the area has also gained interest amongst viewers wanting to experience the beautiful area first-hand. Our Broadchurch filming location trail in Dorset and Somerset covers some of the show’s most famous filming locations.

In a recent interview with, show star David Tennant said that Broadchurch would most likely end after the third season.

“I think it’s conceived as a trilogy,” Tennant said. “But I genuinely have no idea what’s coming; even more so than season two, I have not a clue what the story for season three is so I’ve no idea where it will take us.”

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