Members of the steering group held an on-line meeting with representatives from the developers of the Vearse Farm site. We were pleased that they had initiated contact with us as part of their community engagement.
Kathryn Pennington from Vistry Partnerships and David Matthews from Barratt David Wilson Homes are senior Directors in the South West. At the meeting we explained about the activities of ADVEARSE over the past 8 years and how our objectives as an organisation had developed as the situation moved on We reiterated that our reasons for opposing the scheme held good but that our approach was essentially constructive. We stressed that our current objectives were to ensure that Bridport should gain maximum benefit from whatever develops on the site.
We were able to ask questions about the Barratt / Vistry ( Thereafter B& V ) plans. We explored areas which are of most concern to us and those whom we represent. These included traffic and environmental issues. We stressed our expectation that the Dorset Council planning process should give sufficient time for consideration of the detailed plans . We welcomed the prospect of a website which will give local people information about the overall scheme and more detailed plans as they emerge. Despite the constraints of the ongoing pandemic Barratt and Vistry appear committed to consultation.
The following may be of interest
- B&V are working with Highways England on plans for the roundabout at Miles Cross .
- B&V are only providing the houses and school .The employment land and care home will be developed separately by the landowners.
- B&V said that they are committed to using a Fabric First approach which is recognised as best practice in terms of energy efficiency and building practices.
- Affordable housing – B&V are committed to providing the full amount per the S106 and hope to be able to exceed this amount up to a figure of approximately 40% of the total number.
- The detailed planning phase is expected to be completed and approved by end 2021 and work on VF infrastructure will commence in early 2022.
- B&V are willing to consider suggestions from local residents/groups for improvements in the detailed plans
- The additional 170 houses on VF in the current local plan which is out for consultation are not on land that B&V are building on.
- B&V have a sales name of Foundry Lea and consultation website of www.foundrylea.co.uk which will be going live shortly.
We found the representatives to be open and we have established the basis for ongoing discussions and communication. Please use the ADVEARSE website to alert us to any issues which you think should be raised. Both organisations are working with the Bridport Town Council and Symondsbury Parish Council. You may also raise any questions with them.
The Vearse Farm development represents the largest single development in Bridport’s history. It is important that the local community engages to ensure that it can benefit the whole town.