Many people are highly concerned about the new draft Dorset Local Plan. We received this email from a local resident who lives a little outside our direct area. Like us, he has been left aghast at what is being pushed forward in this plan. Here is his letter in full.
Don’t leave it to the last minute!
I have just been on your website and applaud what you are doing in terms of the resistance to the ‘Dorset Local Plan’ with particular reference to the ‘exceptional circumstances’ and I will definitely support you in this fight.
In addition to this activity, I wish to point to another part of the overall Dorset Local Plan which you have not mentioned but which I and I am sure many others feel is also undesirable. That is the proposed Gypsy and Traveller site for Blunts Farm, Wimborne, the details of which can be found on the following link: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/planning-buildings-land/planning-policy/dorset-council-local-plan/the-plan/pdfs/dclp-jan-2021-vol-2-south-eastern-dorset.pdf – where I would draw you attention to page 56, clause 11.5.28 which refers to a Traveller Site and this is clearly marked on the map on page 59 of the same document.
This proposed site is further detailed in the next document: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/planning-buildings-land/planning-policy/dorset-council-local-plan/the-plan/pdfs/dclp-jan-2021-appendices-1-5.pdf where it refers to the said site on page 25 ref GT/WIMI/002 and shows it more clearly on the map on page 39.
As far as I am aware, this site has been previously proposed and was strongly objected to and as a result refused. I see no reason why it should be allowed to proceed now for all the previous and existing arguments against it. I would therefore ask the Ferndown Residents organization to extend their resistance activity to include this proposed site which seems to have been stealthily slipped in by Dorset Council in the hope they can get it through this time. No way! We can be successful in resisting such sites as the following Institute of Race Relations website demonstrates : https://irr.org.uk/article/localism-populism-and-the-fight-against-sites/ I feel that if you highlight this proposed Travellers Site as well as the housing sites at Longham and Dudsbury, you will get even more support as I feel assured that some people will not necessarily respond to the threat of increased housing, but will to having gypsies and travellers on their doorstep.
Further to this point, I would also ask that you extend your attention and proposed resistance to include the proposal to increase the footprint of the Ferndown and Uddens Trading Estate (F&UTE). As you will note from the Dorset Local Plan this is to be significantly increased to add to what is already acknowledged as the ‘largest single employment site in Dorset’. The existing infrastructure and roads surrounding F&UTE is already creaking and insufficient to deal with the current level of traffic, with roads such as Stapehill Road already completely overloaded by traffic wishing to bypass the woefully inadequate Canford Bottom Roundabout making it into a death trap for all non-motorised road users. Increasing F&UTE would put further and unrealistic traffic loads onto the infrastructure creating more pollution, congestion and misery for the Ferndown residents.
As you can see, I feel very strongly about these proposed plans and the negative impact they will have on the area. As such, I am more than willing to take a more active role in helping your organisation fight these proposals and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further.
From A Concerned Local Resident – Stapehill Road
A full name and address has been supplied