Shaftesbury Estate Approved After Debate On Traffic Volume And The Design Of Homes

Dorset councillors have unanimously approved a new 162 home estate between Wincombe Lane and Blackmore Road.

The Town Council has objected over the development’s ‘generic’ appearance. But planners say developer David Wilson Homes, part of Barratt Developments, have addressed previous design concerns. Listen to the report to hear more details.

Wincombe Lane is being widened for the new estate.

Dorset and Shaftesbury Town councillor Tim Cook wanted more local stone used on the properties. And Northern Area Planning meeting chairman, Cllr Sherry Jespersen, agreed there was ‘only just enough (stone) to make it acceptable’. The minutes will record the committee’s opinion that cheaper materials should not be substituted.

Residents are concerned about additional traffic using Wincombe Lane, the only access point. Cllr Cook asked for an alternative estate entrance, but planners could not enforce that. Originally a 191-home estate was proposed. Dorset Council’s Highways manager believes expected traffic volumes are now manageable.

Cllr Tim Cook’s suggestion that the use of blinds should be enforced for all skylights to protect the AONB from light pollution was not supported. The meeting listed how much money David Wilson Homes will pay Dorset Council as its section 106 obligation.

You’ll also hear how councillors addressed a resident’s concerns about a lack of climate emergency mitigation measures. Members added a new planning condition.

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