Cann Housing Estate Will Increase Pressure On ‘Stretched’ Shaftesbury GPs And Schools Says Town Council

Shaftesbury Town Council wants the developer planning a thirty-home estate at Cann Common to make a payment to support Shaftesbury services, if their project proceeds.

The proposed homes are outside the town council’s jurisdiction, in Melbury Abbas and Cann Parish. Some town councillors justified a request for a ‘section 106’ contribution because the housing could add 100 users to Shaftesbury healthcare services and education facilities.

But Cllr Phil Proctor didn’t agree with colleagues who said that the Shaftesbury GP practice and school are ‘stretched’. Cllr Proctor quoted a health centre manager who said there was capacity for a further 6,000 patients.

View towards the Cann Common site

Shaftesbury Town Council won’t object to this estate. Cllr Lewer didn’t believe it would be visible from Shaftesbury.

Melbury Abbas and Cann Parish Council has already supported this application to build opposite Melbury Motors. The developer has promised the parish council a free flat or house, which could provide a source of income.

Dorset Council has the final say.