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New Gov Planning Consultation: Get your views heard

The Dept for Communities & Local Government has published a new 8-week consultation asking for your comments on:

  • Its proposed approach to calculating local housing needs
  • Statement of common ground
  • Planning for a mix of housing needs
  • Neighbourhood planning
  • Approach to viability assessment
  • Planning fees

The housing White Paper, Fixing our Broken Housing Market,  set out proposals to tackle the housing challenge the country faces. It also stated that further consultation on specific issues would follow.

This new consultation therefore seeks views on a number of proposed changes to planning policy and legislation.    This consultation is open to everyone.  The Government are keen to hear from a wide range of interested parties from across the public and private sectors, as well as from the general public.  If you have any question about the consultation please email:

Deadline for response: 9th November 2017

Consultation responses should be submitted by online survey:

Get involved now.

CPRE speaks out on housing

A new paper published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) argues that the Government’s continuing failure to prioritise genuine local housing needs over market demand will perpetuate the housing crisis while wasting precious countryside

CPRE’s Needless Demand analyses the current method that councils use to plan for local housing and what is being built as a result. It finds that ‘housing need’ and ‘housing demand’ are being conflated in planning policy, with the result that sheer numbers matter more than type and tenure of housing

‘Needless Demand’ shows how Government could split need and demand, and so tackle the housing crisis more effectively. It calls for clearer definitions of ‘need’ and ‘demand’ to be applied to planning policy, and for councils to apply them to their housing targets and local plans. For more details read the CPRE Housing Foresight Paper 2017 or pop over to the CPRE website.

New online form to help report crashes on Dorset Highways

There is a new form for reporting collisions to D4U. The Report a collision form is available on and works in the same way as the ‘report a road problem’ form.

D4U already receive road traffic collision data from Dorset Police which includes collisions that result in personal injury.  However, this doesn’t give the complete picture of all incidents on Dorset’s roads.

Crashes reported using this new form will feed into their formal collision site investigation programme, and could inform future works if a road site is found to be in need of improvement.  Although an individual report may not necessarily result in immediate action, it will ensure that they are better informed than we have been in the past.

Please note, if you’re reporting a collision that has resulted in damage and requires immediate attention, such as debris on or obstruction to the highway and/or damage to street furniture,  then this must still be reported on 01305 221020. This will ensure immediate action can be taken to rectify the problem.

Huntick Rd Development: See the proposals

huntick road proposals

For those of you who couldn’t make the exhibition on Friday 8th, here is a link to all the material presented:

The discussion around affordable housing was inconclusive, with estimates from one spokesperson of 50%, but another suggesting 25%. Essentially the answer seemed to be ‘it depends on PDC’.

Huntick Rd Plan

Dorset Echo: Concerns community will be ‘trashed’ by thousands of new homes

Good coverage In the Press: Dorset Echo 1st Sept 17:  reporting that PPAC CAMPAIGNERS are fighting plans that could pave the way for thousands of new homes to be built in Purbeck and have accused the district council of “failing to engage fully” with local communities and that questions on the Purbeck Local Plan, the blueprint setting out preferred development sites in Purbeck up until 2033, have gone mostly unanswered.

PPAC chairman Peter Bower is quoted:

“Purbeck District Council (PDC) and its officers are not enabling communities and their residents to shape any development activities or consultation. Officers seem hell bent on developing the area without a mandate from our community.”

National planning guidelines, established in a bid to address the current nationwide housing shortage, call for Purbeck to build an additional 3,080 homes over the next 16 years – on top of the 2,520 already identified. The PPAC has protested against these numbers.The district council’s 2016 consultation on the partial review attracted 3,300 comments, highlighting a range of concerns – including worries about possible new housing at Wool, Wareham, Lytchett Minster and Lytchett Matravers.

As Peter Bower said: “Major issues of economic development, population growth, the nature and extent of affordable housing and environmental constraints to development are not being given an adequate hearing. No progress appears to be made on policies for second homes and truly affordable housing. Residents are angry with inappropriate approaches to the area. Purbeck will be trashed unless the area is adequately defended by our councillors.”

CPRE: North Dorset District Council: 5 year land supply


CPRE’s ‘Protecting Dorset’ team has identified that North Dorset District Council no longer has a 5-year housing supply which seemingly provides opportunities for developers to make applications for housing that are contrary to the Local Plan. As CPRE note, this is indeed grave news – and potentially very damaging for our countryside. The Local Plan was carefully prepared following full consultation and took account of economic, social and environmental considerations in determining housing needs and supply. CPRE is also concerned at the effect of changes at North Dorset District Council, which is in the process of moving to Dorchester and merging with other councils. There has been no planning meeting for 3 months and in the last year, 95% of all applications were dealt with by officers, rather than at public planning meetings, which is most unsatisfactory!

We urge North Dorset CPRE members and all local people to write to government, their MP and Councillors to express their concern.  For more news visit the Dorset CPRE website at


CPRE update: Latest on the OAN/SHMA methodology

You will remember that CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) have been keeping an eye on the Government’s consultation on a new method for calculating “objectively assessed housing need” (OAN) – which part of the process of deciding how much areas need to build to make sure they have enough housing.  From their latest update it appears the consultations on the OAN/SHMA methodology has been postponed again but may start in September – watch this space.

PUBLIC MEETING: Friday 8th September, 4pm and 8pm at Lytchett Matravers Village Hall

Land to the North of Huntick Road. Ahead of submitting a planning application to Purbeck District Council the development team is holding a public exhibition on the proposals.

The exhibition is being held on Friday 8th September at Lytchett Matravers Village Hall (between 4pm and 8pm) with a private preview between 3pm and 4pm for District and Parish Councillors.

Huntick Estate Development Poster

DCA training on evidencing for funding for voluntary and community groups

Dorset Community Action (DCA) would like to invite you to attend their next Purbeck area based training event for “Evidencing Need for Funding” which will take place on 26th September 2017.

This two hour ‘Bite Size’ course, led by Dorset Community Action, is aimed at voluntary and community groups looking to develop your evidence of need as an essential part of developing a successful project.

Gathering evidence will help you develop your project or service, support funding applications and demonstrate that your project is needed to address an identified problem. If you do not have good data and information about the need, you will find it almost impossible to design an effective solution.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for new and existing groups who want to develop the skills and tools to evidence need for your project.

What will the course cover?

  • Understanding what evidence of need is and why it is important
  • Understanding what evidence you need to collect
  • Knowing how to go about collecting evidence
  • Using evidence with confidence

Date: Tuesday 26th September 2017, (9.45am registration for 10am start through to 12 noon finish)
Venue: Bovington Charity Park BH20 6NU
Cost: £30 pp for voluntary and community groups, £40 pp for statutory groups
To Register BOOK HERE
Refreshments will be provided.

Further information:- please contact the DCA on 01202 847605 or email