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Dorset Council Decides on West Parley Development

A Dorset Council (DCC) Planning meeting was held on the 31/07/19. Its purpose was  to approve the large West Parley development on former Green Belt land. The meeting was attended by over 100 members of the public.

Bearing in mind the meeting was held at 2pm on a working day with less than two working weeks notice, the number shows the concern within the local community over this matter.

During the public participation period many voices were raised against the development. Very few spoke for it.

There were several passionate opposition speeches. SFRA member Keith Heron’s speech stood out. Keiths speech encapsulated the feelings of the audience and met with significant applause at the end of his delivery.

Speeches were strictly limited to 3 minutes and the public were not allowed to make comments or ask questions outside of the public period. Only those who had registered to speak in the one week period after the poorly publicized announcement of the meeting agenda were allowed to speak.

Steve Savage from the Highways department stated he had recommended that the relief road should be built as the development progressed. A figure of 50% completion was mentioned for work to start on this relief road.

There is a cost of £2m for this relief road which will be paid (eventually) by Wyatts. The money will initially be loaned to them by DCC. (i.e. by council tax payers)

Mr Savage said that he had used the latest traffic modelling tools and was confident that the redesign of Parley lights and the relief road would alleviate the additional traffic and even reduce the current load. He also had built in the expansion at the airport into his calculations.

Mr Savage in our opinion was the most convincing of those from the Council. Although many in the audience were not won over by his arguments. However there are few that do not believe that the Council must address the traffic chaos at West Parley.

Incredibly the proposal allows for a supermarket on site. The size of this supermarket would be slightly smaller than Waitrose in Wimborne. This of course, is to be built on land that was Green Belt.

It was stated that research by Wyatt’s and the Council indicated that new supermarket would not have a negative effect on the supermarkets that already service the area. Namely Tesco, Sainsburys, Lidls, M&S  and the 3 local Tesco Express’s.

This was met with groans of disbelief and cries of derision  from the audience.

From the view of the SFRA it is difficult to see such a decision as rational.

You simply do not need a new super market (built on Green Belt Land!) for an extra 386 homes. It has to draw business from the others.

Yet the audience was told that the proposal and the site met with all of the criteria required for it to get approval.

The meeting continued for over 4 hours and did not end until 18:30, by which time many of those in attendance had given up in despair.

We have been informed that despite the clear and virtually unanimous opposition from the community, the scheme was approved.

It is unknown as to whether this was a recorded vote.

In the unlikely event that is was a recorded vote (i.e. not anonymous) then we will at least know at whose door to lay this desecration of the English countryside.

Along with many other community groups within Ferndown and West Parley the SFRA will not let this matter be forgotten. Recorded vote or not.

Those who have ignored their electorate and gone out of their way to allow the ruin of this vital section of Green Belt will be publicly held to account during the next council election debates.

Meanwhile the English Countryside and a small village within it, brace themselves for the coming nightmare.

Very Urgent! West Parley Planning Update

West Parley Parish Council has informed us that Dorset Council has called a planning meeting to discuss and vote on development at Parley Cross.

This highly controversial mixed development is planned to be built on what was Green Belt at Parley cross-roads. The Green Belt designation was removed purely in order to facilitate this build.

In this meeting Dorset Councillors will vote on whether to approve the scheme or not.

This is all being done to an incredibly tight time-scale. South Ferndown Residents Association has only just heard of this (thanks to West Parley Parish Council) Yet the call for speakers at the meeting closes on MONDAY! The meeting itself is only two days later on Wednesday 31st July, which is less than a week away.

The only concession we can see is that the meeting will be held at:
Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AS to allow a larger public attendance.

The Meeting will take place at Allendale House at 2pm on the 31st July

To speak at this meeting you must contact Kate Critchel on 01305 252234 or by email: kate.critchel@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk no later than 2pm on 29 July 2019

The recommendation to the Councillors is to approve all THREE items on the agenda. These are:

3/17/3609/OUT : Lands East of New Road West Parley Dorset

Proposal: Outline application (All matters reserved except for access and associated link road); with up to 386 dwellings (Class C3); upto 1000sqm of retail units (Classes A1-A5); upto 900sqm of offices (Class B1) and upto 2200sqm of foodstore (Class A1); together with accesses, a link road and associated highway works, public open space including SANG, allotments, landscaping and associated works.

3/17/3610/COU : Land East of Church Lane, West Parley (SANG for Core Strategy Policy Site FWP6)

Proposal: Change of use of land to a suitable alternative natural greenspace (SANG) and associated works.

3/19/0821/FUL : Land South of Christchurch Road, Christchurch Road, West Parley, Dorset, BH22 8SL

Proposal: Erect an 80 bedroom Care Home with associated parking, landscaping and amenity space.

South Ferndown Residents Association (SFRA) consider such ill-considered over-development as potentially catastrophic for the area.

We hope the council sees sense. Meanwhile the SFRA will be in attendance to press our case.

We suggest you should be too!