In case you haven’t seen the news, Councils in Dorset are set to merge in ‘the biggest shake-up to local government in more than 40 years’ according to the Dorset Echo. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has been considering the ‘Future Dorset’ proposals for more than a year which will see the existing nine authorities replaced with two unitary councils for the whole of Dorset:
- Weymouth and Portland, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck and West Dorset will be replaced by a single unitary authority.
- Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch will form a second authority with the new organisation taking effect in April 2019
For more details see: http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/16048405.approved-dorset-councils-to-merge-in-biggest-local-government-shake-up-in-40-years/
Each household should have received a questionnaire through the post entitled ‘NEW HOMES FOR PURBECK have your say’.
Every person is entitled to complete their own questionnaire. Lots of people in each of the affected areas of Purbeck are filling in their own individual questionnaires. The total number of questionnaires is critical in making sure PDC received as wide a range of answers as possible and as many answers as possible.
If you want to get an extra one for each person in your house, then either call Freephone 0800 533 5386 or email email@example.com and they will send you extra copies.
And don’t forget the drop-ins for more information (details below):
Wishing you all a belated ‘Happy New Year’
The next CALM Meeting will be on Thursday 8th February 2018 – at the Rose & Crown & there’s lots to talk about.
As part of the Purbeck Local Plan Review, Purbeck District Council (PDC) is again seeking views on possible new planning policies relating to second homes, affordable homes and sites for new homes. All households and businesses in Purbeck should have received a special edition of ‘About Purbeck’ in January which contained details of the consultation and the questionnaire. If you have not received your questionnaire please contact Public Perspectives on 0800 533 5386 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There is more information on the PDC website at https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/Purbeck-local-plan-review and you can download the ‘About Purbeck’ details at : https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/media/224482/New-Homes-for-Purbeck-Consultation-Document/pdf/Purbeck-local-plan-consultation-document-for-web-23-01-18.pdf
There are also several drop-in events across Purbeck. The Lytchett Matravers meeting is on Saturday 17th Feb at the Village Hall from 10am to 4pm.
|Saturday 3 February
||10am – 4pm
||The Purbeck School, Worgret Road, Wareham BH20 4PF
|Saturday 10 February
||10am – 4pm
||Emmanuel Baptist Church, 160 Victoria Avenue, Swanage BH19 1AZ
|Saturday 17 February
||10am – 4pm
||Lytchett Matravers Village Hall, High Street, BH16 6DD
|Thursday 22 February
||3pm – 6pm
||St Dunstan’s Church Lounge, Poole Road, Upton BH16 5JA
|Saturday 24 February
||10am – 4pm
||D’Urberville Centre, Colliers Lane, Wool BH20 6DL
|Saturday 3 March
||10am – 4pm
||Bere Regis Scout Hut, Elder Road, BH20 7LY
|Saturday 10 March
||10am – 4pm
||Moreton Village Hall, The Common, DT2 8RE
The Council has also arranged an infrastructure drop-in event on Thursday 1 March from 2pm to 5pm in the Council Chamber, Westport House, Wareham. This will provide an opportunity to talk to representatives from organisations responsible for transport, public services and facilities, such as Dorset County Council and the NHS.
More than one council tax payer in your house?
The council have confirmed that the public consultation is not limited to one view per household. Everyone who is a council tax payer is entitled to have their say. So, if you need more copies of the questionnaire just contact Public Perspectives who will send you additional questionnaires if there is more than one council tax payers resident at your address (as above contact Public Perspectives on 0800 533 5386 or email@example.com)
Quick reminder that there is a PPAC (Pan Purbeck Action Campaign) meeting tonight, Weds 25 October 2017, at 7pm at the Wareham Conservative Club.
For more information see www.panpurbeck.org.uk
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for response: 9th November 2017
Consultation responses should be submitted by online survey:
Get involved now.
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.
There is a new form for reporting collisions to D4U. The Report a collision form is available on dorsetforyou.com 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.
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’.
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’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 http://www.dorset-cpre.org.uk/