A planning hearing is underway in Dorchester today. It will determine whether Persimmon can build a new housing estate opposite The Maltings on land South of the A30 in Shaftesbury.
These fields have been repeatedly earmarked in the Neighbourhood Plan and Local Plan for businesses that offer employment.
The developer wants to build 135 homes, industrial starter units and a hotel or care home on land south of A30. Persimmon claims a lack of interest in the 7-hectares of commercial land, a suggestion refuted by Cllr Phil Proctor. He’ll attend today’s hearing on behalf of the Town Council.
Cllr Piers Brown said the Town Council needed to prove the ‘colossal’ demand for business use for the site. He said people shouldn’t have to drive out to Poole or Warminster and the land is needed to provide more sustainable jobs here.
Persimmon has suggested they might build a primary school, but the Town Council meeting heard that Dorset Council had said they don’t currently need another school.
The hearing is expected to last two days. We won’t know the outcome until after this event. You can watch online here once you have installed Microsoft Teams.
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