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Open letter to local politicians from ADVEARSE

Open letter to local politicians from ADVEARSE

ADVEARSE, discussed in some depth at its April meeting the decision of WDDC to postpone for 6 months consideration by the Inspector of its Local Plan. Whilst we recognise the threat that any revision may include more proposed housing in Bridport and even at Vearse Farm we would urge you to view this as an opportunity to seek reconsideration of the proposals for Bridport. You may have noticed the Western Daily Press article of 29 March. Headline – ‘Green Belt is spared 800 homes’. The article tells how 3 councils in Gloucestershire had revised their Local Plan to reduce total numbers. Proposals can be changed!

With this in mind we are sending this letter to all local politicians. We would like to put on record our thanks to those of you who have responded positively to our previous contacts with you. We remain surprised and disappointed at the District Councillors who have yet to reply to us. A copy has gone to the local press and will be placed on our website. (http://www.advearse.org.uk)

With the exception of Councillor Alford we have yet to hear from anyone who disagrees with our proposition that the scale and location of the proposed development is inappropriate for Bridport. We have yet to hear any argument in favour of Vearse Farm other than it is a convenient space to dump a large part of the West Dorset housing requirement. (and we all know these figures are actually based on fiction)

We are therefore asking

  • Could you as local politicians come together and exert your influence to have the whole concept of Vearse Farm reviewed.
  • Could you please reply to this letter to update about what you propose to do as an individual to contribute to the amendment of the Local Plan.

You are elected representatives – elected to represent the best interests of Bridport. We believe you can still halt this unwarranted development. We are not against development in Bridport – we simply want to see the organic growth of the community. We hope that after 6 months the need for ADVEARSE will go away but we are not naive. We are continuing to set up our organisation. The website will be launched this month and we have set up our constitution and bank account. We are aware that some of you will be seeking re-election in the coming years and would want to support candidates who have shown that they have exercised leadership at a crucial time in the history of Bridport. You have our commitment to work with you for a sustainable development of Bridport.

We look forward to hearing from you

Please contact us at

[email protected]

Press Release: January 23 2014

ADVEARSE welcomed the decision of the Planning Inspector to hold a preliminary meeting to explore his concerns about the West Dorset Local plan. We would like to congratulate both the Inspector and the Council on the organisation and conduct of the meeting.

The concerns raised in the meeting justified our decision to raise our own concerns about Vearse Farm. It became clear in the meeting that the Council has worked out a figure of Housing need for the District as a whole. It does not have an accurate evidence base for how many houses are actually needed in Bridport. The 800 houses are merely a very convenient contribution to the District requirement. The meeting also confirmed that the prospect that 35% of the houses at Vearse Farm will be ‘affordable housing’ is a pipe dream. We would urge local people not to be misled into supporting this scheme in the vain hope it will help local people to get houses.

ADVEARSE supports the position of Bridport Town Council that housing development in the town should be closely linked to the development of employment opportunities. Development should be on a scale and at a pace which reflects the character of a market town and its outstanding natural setting. ADVEARSE can be contacted by e-mail at [email protected]

Any questions about this Press Release to Barry Bates:
01308 425519
[email protected]