Government backs Purbeck planning blueprint

A DOCUMENT shaping Purbeck development for the next 15 years has been endorsed by government planning chiefs.

Purbeck District Council spent seven years working on its core strategy, which was fiercely debated at every turn.

It is a blueprint setting out the preferred areas for building around 85 new homes in Purbeck, annually, until 2027.

A government planning inspector, who held a public examination of the plan this summer has now ruled in favour of the document.

District council built environment spokesman Cllr Paul Johns said: “The long-awaited approval of the plan is really good news.

“Once adopted, it will be used in the determination of planning applications.

“It will also include policies to boost affordable housing and protect areas such as green belt land, playing fields and rare habitats.”

The adopted plan, supporting the introduction of smaller shops in historic Swanage and Wareham, while opposing larger, out-of-town supermarket developments, secures the district greater influence over planning applications.

Cllr Johns said: “The plan has been shaped by seven years of debate and public involvement.

“It will ensure the district has a strong and sound policy to guide the development of housing, employment, retail and community facilities for future generations.”

• A copy of the report is available to view at dorsetforyou.co/ corestrategy/purbeck – with hard copies in libraries and town council offices.

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3:14pm Tue 27 Nov 12

portia6 says...

Good Purbeck needs to build more
homes and the Swanage Railway will
open up more opportunities for all to
travel across Dorset.
Good Purbeck needs to build more homes and the Swanage Railway will open up more opportunities for all to travel across Dorset. portia6

7:51am Wed 28 Nov 12

charliethebikemonger says...

Nonsense... They have plans to build more homes in swanage, but they mislead us all by telling us they are family homes. but they have zero plans for jobs for these new home owners (apart from a white elephant business park that after several years does not have a single building!)

They have zero plans to improve access in and out of purbeck so people can get to work elsewhere.

What family will move to a town with poor job prospects, and poor access? And a school that is closing, and don't forget the constant battle to close the hospital.

Because of this, this is nothing more than a plan to build even more holiday homes. There is not a lack of housing, there are plenty of vacant homes for 11 months of the year. These new homes, in time will also become vacant assets that are not available as local housing.

In Herston the planners appear to have mislead us all again, so keen to build on a flood plain that they overlook the very obvious and frequent flooding, and mis-classified the area, an honest mistake? Public consultation appeared biased, loaded and misleading.

7 years work to achieve this! I guess it keeps a few people in their planning jobs. I believe the planners should be under investigation.
Nonsense... They have plans to build more homes in swanage, but they mislead us all by telling us they are family homes. but they have zero plans for jobs for these new home owners (apart from a white elephant business park that after several years does not have a single building!) They have zero plans to improve access in and out of purbeck so people can get to work elsewhere. What family will move to a town with poor job prospects, and poor access? And a school that is closing, and don't forget the constant battle to close the hospital. Because of this, this is nothing more than a plan to build even more holiday homes. There is not a lack of housing, there are plenty of vacant homes for 11 months of the year. These new homes, in time will also become vacant assets that are not available as local housing. In Herston the planners appear to have mislead us all again, so keen to build on a flood plain that they overlook the very obvious and frequent flooding, and mis-classified the area, an honest mistake? Public consultation appeared biased, loaded and misleading. 7 years work to achieve this! I guess it keeps a few people in their planning jobs. I believe the planners should be under investigation. charliethebikemonger

6:13pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Yankee1 says...

Swanage will always be an enigma (for development) as long as it has a railway not connected with the main line; a ferry that 'goes out of service' 15% of the year, and a population that seems intent on serving retirees, and not young families and children.

That is reality, whether one likes it or not.

Pushing bath chairs is not a career path for our young. They deserve better.

Why cannot Swanage (The 'Idyllic Place By the Sea') create an environment to lure the internet generation and their families? Why is some Outer London place considered better?

Bring the fastest internet to Swanage. Now.
Swanage will always be an enigma (for development) as long as it has a railway not connected with the main line; a ferry that 'goes out of service' 15% of the year, and a population that seems intent on serving retirees, and not young families and children. That is reality, whether one likes it or not. Pushing bath chairs is not a career path for our young. They deserve better. Why cannot Swanage (The 'Idyllic Place By the Sea') create an environment to lure the internet generation and their families? Why is some Outer London place considered better? Bring the fastest internet to Swanage. Now. Yankee1

6:13pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Yankee1 says...

Swanage will always be an enigma (for development) as long as it has a railway not connected with the main line; a ferry that 'goes out of service' 15% of the year, and a population that seems intent on serving retirees, and not young families and children.

That is reality, whether one likes it or not.

Pushing bath chairs is not a career path for our young. They deserve better.

Why cannot Swanage (The 'Idyllic Place By the Sea') create an environment to lure the internet generation and their families? Why is some Outer London place considered better?

Bring the fastest internet to Swanage. Now.
Swanage will always be an enigma (for development) as long as it has a railway not connected with the main line; a ferry that 'goes out of service' 15% of the year, and a population that seems intent on serving retirees, and not young families and children. That is reality, whether one likes it or not. Pushing bath chairs is not a career path for our young. They deserve better. Why cannot Swanage (The 'Idyllic Place By the Sea') create an environment to lure the internet generation and their families? Why is some Outer London place considered better? Bring the fastest internet to Swanage. Now. Yankee1

3:53pm Sun 2 Dec 12

portia6 says...

You are so right that Swanage is such
a lovely place but is so cut off due to
the poor rail and bus services. When
the Swanage railway becomes
connected to the main line maybe it will
change?
You are so right that Swanage is such a lovely place but is so cut off due to the poor rail and bus services. When the Swanage railway becomes connected to the main line maybe it will change? portia6

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