ADVEARSE started as a group of residents that formed in the summer of 2013 after discovering that land just west of the town of Bridport, known as Vearse Farm was earmarked for a housing development. This farm land is in the AONB (Area of Outstanding Beauty) and had been accepted into West Dorset Councils Local Plan to have 760+ houses built plus industrial park, replacement school and other buildings on it. The council refer to this as the Bridport urban extension. See planning link on: https://planning.dorset.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=dates&keyVal=DCAPR_132168
For 6 years we have been raising issues over the feasibility of this development and informing as many people in Bridport and surrounding areas as to the significant, detrimental effect this urban extension will have on our small town. The planning application was passed in November 2017 despite massive local opposition and the so called planning protections against building on AONB land. The council also now want to build a further 170 houses on the site with the prospect of even more being added in future years. None of these houses will be genuinely affordable for local people and many will be second or holiday homes.
The culmination of the opposition from Advearse is a Judicial Review claim which was filed on 12th June 2019. The required £34,000 funding was made with fanatic local support as well as support from wider Dorset and beyond. We are also extremely thankful for Dorset CPRE £10,000 match funding donation. See our posts for more information on the fundraising and Judicial Review process.
Finally, ADVEARSE believe that there is a need for low cost housing, that has good access to the town. Since the Vearse Farm development was proposed there have been a significant number of small scale housing developments completed – the council have ignored the cumulative impact of these on Bridport in their determination to press ahead with the Vearse Farm development. The Council have listed eight brownfield sites in Bridport with the capacity for up to 200 houses. Again all ignored as the council and developer press on regardless with the massive urban extension project on AONB countryside.