In a surprise move, Dorset Council Planning Committee members have disregarded officers’ guidance and turned down an application to build a new estate beside the Shaftesbury to Gillingham road.
Shaftesbury’s youngest councillor knows that he is very lucky to gain a position on the Town Council. Matthew Welch polled the exact same number of votes as another candidate following last Thursday’s election, but there was only one remaining seat available.
In November, Shaftesbury Town Council turned down Redrow’s plans for 170 homes at Littledown because they thought the development was ‘mundane’. Last night, councillors backed amended plans for the estate but there was disappointment voiced at its ‘urban’ appearance and concern that requested sustainability measures are not included.
North Dorset Council will give Shaftesbury Town Council £70,000 towards their ‘Project Belle’ bid to buy the former Budgens store.
Shaftesbury town councillors have unanimously agreed to place a bid to buy The Wilderness. And councillors were clear that they have no intention of turning the green space into an outdoor gym, in the light of recent press reports.
Shaftesbury Town Councillors have narrowly turned down a proposal to add four new streetlights to the narrowest stretch of Hawkesdene Lane.
Melbury Abbas Parish Council recently raised over £7,000 towards a legal review of Dorset Council’s decision to advise lorries to pass through the village on the way to Poole. Plans for this judicial review were dropped because of concerns over escalating legal costs. But the villagers’ actions have already resulted in some small changes.