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

PDC Progress on Local Plan

You will remember that PDC need to review the Purbeck Local Plan which is used to determine planning applications.  This is a requirement of an independent planning inspector and will consider issues such as: locations for new housing, new shopping and employment space and how the area can enable growth whilst continuing to protect the natural environment.

Following the cancellation of the public forums earlier this year, PDC are now seeking approval for a revised approach to consultation and engagement on the preparation of the Local Plan Review, and to seek adoption of an updated Local Development Scheme which sets out the timetable for the preparation of local plan documents.   This request was tabled at the last PDC Council Meeting in July 2017, along with the attached document (some 34 pages) which presents details of the updated Local Plan Review and Local Development Scheme (as at July 2017), the key issues currently identified and some recommendations.

local plan review process


This was the background paper for the PDC Council Meeting 2017:

150 homes on Green Belt in Burton, East Staffordshire, finally quashed by Court of Appeal

In this case the developers, ‘Barwood Strategic Land’, wanted to build 150 homes on 15.8 acres of green land which was not identified for development in the Local Plan, arguing that the development was sustainable.

The plan was originally rejected by the borough council because the land was not identified for development in its Local Plan, which acts as a blueprint for development in the area, including where homes and industry should be built. But then in April last year, an independent government planning inspector overturned the council’s ruling, effectively giving Barwood the permission they needed. Following this, the council challenged the inspector’s decision in the High Court and the planning permission was subsequently overturned.

Now, continuing the tale, Barwood have tried to appeal that decision, but three of the country’s most senior judges, sitting at the Court of Appeal, have upheld the council’s decision to refuse the plan.

Lord Justice Lindblom noted that the council had a five-year supply of housing land and that the development conflicted with three Local Plan policies which discouraged further extension of Burton into the countryside.  He also determined that in granting consent, the inspector had mis-applied the National Planning Policy Framework, stating that the inspector’s error went to the heart of his decision and the planning permission had to be quashed.

Councillor Jacqui Jones, deputy leader for planning at the borough council, said: “This has been a long struggle to uphold our Local Plan. We worked hard to develop and adopt a Local Plan and appropriate local planning policies, we spent time and money to make sure that we consulted and listened to residents throughout the borough and we continue to maintain a five-year land supply. This Local Plan should be the basis for planning for our borough going forward and I’m absolutely delighted that the decision made by the council’s planning committee has been upheld by the Court of Appeal.”

For more details see

UPDATED: Proposed Temporary Road Closure of RANDALLS HILL, Lytchett Minster

Update 10/08/17:

DCC received objections to the works dates because of the issues it would cause to the school buses. Accordingly they have agreed to re-consult on an earlier date in the school holidays. It is now proposed to close part of RANDALLS HILL, LYTCHETT MINSTER in the vicinity of Randall’s Farm (for a distance of approximately 350 metres) between TUESDAY 29 AUGUST and FRIDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2017. The closure has been requested to allow Fulcrum Pipelines Limited to lay a new gas connection in the highway to the proposed Chapel and Crematorium.

If you have any concerns about this proposal, please contact John Alford by Friday 18 August 2017.

(original post)

DCC have received an application from Fulcrum Pipelines Limited to close part of RANDALLS HILL, LYTCHETT MINSTER, in the vicinity of Randall’s Farm, for a distance of approximately 350 metres, to allow them to lay a new gas connection in the highway to the proposed Chapel and Crematorium. The road closure is necessary for safety reasons as the works will affect the whole width of the road.    The work is planned to run from Monday 11th to Friday 15th September 2017 (5 days).

Fulcrum Pipelines Limited will be carrying out a letter drop to local residents directly affected by the works and will place information boards on the road, together with Diversion signs using the local road network. The map below shows the extent of the closure and the diversion route.

Whilst the roadworks are not in Lytchett Matravers, the diversions may affect you. If you have any concerns about this proposal, please contact John Alford by Thursday 31 August 2017.

Randalls Hill Closure Sept17

Community Action Lytchett Matravers (CALM)


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