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Mapperton Solar Farm - 7th January 2017


Earlier this year Katharine Butler on behalf of the Mapperton Preservation Group won another successful Judicial Review. Despite this, the proposal for the Mapperton Farm solar park has been resubmitted. Dorset CPRE submitted an objection to application 3/13/0681/FUL on 7th January 2017.


Planning Applications

3/16/1291/OUT  Land North and South of Edmondsham Road, Verwood

The CPRE are very concerned about this outline planning application. All matters are reserved but for access and 230 dwellings. However, the details on some of the maps go as far as showing blocks of flats with the number of flats in each block. We feel that this outline planning application is an indication of what may be proposed in a full application and ought to be modified before it is submitted.


A summary of the key objection points we raised in our letter to EDDC (East Dorset District Council) are:


The proposed number of homes - The Core Strategy, Policy VTSW4, says that this new neighbourhood should provide ‘about’ 230 homes. The numbers need to be reduced so there can be more private space for the residents.


Impact on the surrounding countryside - The development is set within an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV). The perimeter of the development should be designed to blend into the surrounding country, but it seems that there will be a small number of 2 ½ and 3 storey houses. We must ask if this is appropriate for a rural area designated an AGLV? Will the blocks of flats respect and enhance their surroundings?


Transport links - without a car it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get to some places that provide key services.


Janet Healy

Greenfield Development

1000 new homes have been granted outline planning permission on a greenfield site - Roeshot Hill, between the railway line and the A35. Described as the Christchurch Urban Extension - detailed plans are in the process of being drawn up for submission by developer Taylor Wimpey.

Primarily, the properties will accommodate families with the possible inclusion of a school/sports pitch/play area/ community building within the proposal. On behalf of CPRE I anticipate being in a position to comment on the full planning application in due course.

David Skipper