Dorset Council Blamed For Major Shaftesbury Planning Applications Going To Appeal

A Shaftesbury man has written to town councillors urging them to tackle Dorset Council over controversial planning proposals.

Nicholas MacKay is concerned that Persimmon’s proposed new estate, and a developer’s plan to build 23 homes north of Enmore Court, will be decided by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol, not the local authority.

The Enmore Green site

When a developer submits a planning application, Dorset Council must determine whether permission is granted or refused within eight weeks, although they may take thirteen weeks to consider more complex or significant proposals. Dorset Council has failed to meet these deadlines. It means developers can go straight to appeal.

Dorset Council has responded, as you’ll hear in our report.