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Dorset Heathland Consultation

There is a new draft supplimentary document to the Dorset Heathland Strategy. It directly affects home/business owners living near Ferndown Common or West Parley Common. Anyone living within 4Km of either of these commons will also potentially be affected. The document also covers all other designated Dorset Heathland sites.

This is a joint consultation by BCP and Dorset councils. The consultation runs until 3rd February 2020. The basis of the document is to provide supplementary guidance on what development is allowed within 400m of Dorset Heathland and also within 4Km of a designated Dorset heathland site. It also outlines the associated planning costs.

It will impact (for example) anyone who lives within 400m of either site and wishes to build a Granny Annex or a new in-fill development. The document also sets out the costs associated with planning permission for a range of developments anywhere within the 4 Km boundary.

The document also gives a few examples of what would constitute allowed development as well as what would be refused.

Scan through the document. Ensure you are aware of the strategy. Make sure you are not adversely affected by it. Even if you do not wish to comment.

Accessing the Document

Accessing  the document is not easy. The provided link in the email sent out to interested partys (aka SFRA members) to the BCP document link is broken. The Dorset Council document link is obscured by access being through a “Survey” button.

However we have deduced a direct link to the document on the Dorset council website On This Link

If for some reason this stops working then document access can be made through This Dorset Council webpage

When you arrive at the linked page click the “Take Survey” button. This “Take the Survey” “Start Now” button has been used to access the pdf document. You will not have to do a survey to get it.

Addresses for Comments or Criticism

If you have any comments or criticism then address them to:

Email: Please title the email as ‘Heathland SPD’.

Or by normal mail to:

Post: Strategic Planning, Growth and Infrastructure, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2NS.

Note that as this is a joint consultation. It appears all comments are being directed through the BCP council. (Both of the addresses above were taken off the Dorset Council webpage and so are assumed to be correct) Please make sure to indicate that this is a joint consultation and this is the provided address from Dorset council. Also state you are under Dorset Council.

All comments/criticism should arrive by midday 3rd February.

The finalised document will then go forward to committee with the target date for implementation the 1st April 2020.

The SFRA will (of course) be very interested to receive any comments you wish to make on the bottom of this post too.

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