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BBC News South; Bridport development plans revealed as part of local plan

Sketches of a development plan proposed for an area of outstanding natural beauty have been released.

Hallam Land Management submitted the designs as part of discussions surrounding a local plan for West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.

The plans show drawings for a development of up to 760 new homes to the west of Bridport at Vearse Farm.

A campaign group, Advearse, has collected thousands of signatures opposing the idea.

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Meeting with Inspector, this Thursday 4th December !

A 1,400 signature petition will be deposited with WDDC indicating our objection to the development at Vearse Farm, at 9.30 am, prior to the meeting.

This precedes the meeting with the Inspector at South Parks House , Dorchester on this Thursday 4th December at 10.00 am.

If you would like to attend as an audience member then please come along. There is no registration required !




The Hearings will take place in Committee Rooms A & B, West Dorset District Council Offices, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ

The sitting times are Tuesday to Thursday from 10am-1pm and from 2pm-5pm and on Friday from 10am to 1pm.

Details of the Draft Programme showing the Matters and Issues identified for discussion by the Inspector and Guidance Notes explaining the Examination process are available to download online at Draft Examination Programme   in…..


Refer to Matter 11 for viewing submissions !

Some recent comments from the 38 Degrees petition……

The size of this proposal is out of scale with the Market Town of Bridport and would change its character irrevocably. The local infrastructure cannot cope with the number of proposed houses. The council has to be reminded that they have been elected to look after our interests, not their own

The size of this proposal is out of scale with the Market Town of Bridport, the local infrastructure cannot cope with the number of proposed houses. any new houses should be affordable & distributed within the district for local people not for the rich retired who will inevitably be the intended market.

 Bridport is a small market town, the large development will be on prime agricultural land, changing the character of the town and not serving the housing needs of local people.

This is a ludicrous idea that should be challenged at every level. We do not have the travel infrastructure as anyone attempting to traverse the South Coast in the summer will testify, and in the winter the properties will be full of water. As someone stated this site was dismissed by DCC for a school. Talking of schools, do we think Symondsbury or any of the other local schools can accommodate such a huge influx? If any houses are built they Must be for local people only.

One of the reasons given by DCC for not relocating Mountjoy School here was the flood risk! This development is far too big and the houses are largely not going to benefit local people in need of affordable housing !

This seems to be far too big an addition, by proportion, to a small town.