Shaftesbury Town Council To Hire Barrister In Fight Against New Housing Estate Approval

Shaftesbury Town councillors will hire a £2,500-a-day planning barrister for one day to see whether the Planning Inspector’s decision to build a new estate at Enmore Court can be overturned.

There’s been strong condemnation of proposals to build 23 homes on the triangle of land alongside the B3081 Shaftesbury to Gillingham road. Planning chairman Virginia Edwyn-Jones said the council had to be seen to be acting on behalf of residents and could not just ‘roll over’.

The Enmore Green site

But Councillor Andy Hollingshead was one of two members against hiring the barrister, claiming it was ‘a waste of money’. Listen to our report to hear what the majority of councillors hope to achieve and why some members don’t support this plan.