Allocation of hundreds of Sherborne homes is axed
COUNCILLORS have approved plans to axe the allocation of 500 new homes in Sherborne within the next 30 years.
A report was presented to West Dorset District Council’s executive committee on Tuesday which proposed the removal of the allocation of additional housing at Barton Farm, to the north west of Sherborne, from the local plan.
The prospective 500 homes, coupled with nearly 300 which have already received conditional planning permission, could have led to a total of 800 homes on the site.
The local plan, which maps out future development for the district, met overwhelming public opposition when hundreds of residents opposed the amount of housing allocation last year.
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It was due to be adopted in October 2012 but has been shelved until February 2014 so a fresh public consultation can take place.
Matt Hall, Sherborne town councillor, said: “It is great news that the thoughts of the people of Sherborne have been listened to.
“Many will be glad that this large expansion may not take place now in the town, but I hope this new consultation is also an opportunity for councils to hear how residents believe the town can move forward.”
The council could reduce the development allocation if an alternative site to the south east of Dorchester was included in the plan.
The public consultation begins on Thursday, January 31 and closes on Thursday, March 14.
A drop-in session will take place at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, on Thursday, February 28, between 1pm and 7pm.
The proposed changes will then be presented to district councillors at the Policy Scrutiny Committee, Executive Committee and full council before being submitted over the summer to the planning inspector for independent examination.