Feedback wanted on Sherborne housing alterations
SHERBORNE residents are being urged to make "vital" comments on alterations to a plan for housing provision.
The local plan was amended last month and now suggests development of around 500 extra homes, initially marked for land at Barton Farm, to the north-west of Sherborne, should now be situated to the north of Dorchester.
The strategy, which maps out future development for the district, met overwhelming public opposition last year when hundreds of residents opposed the scale of housing allocation.
It was due to be adopted in October 2012 but has been shelved until February 2014 to take results of a fresh public consultation into consideration. The prospective 500 homes, coupled with nearly 300 which have already received conditional planning permission, could have led to 800 homes on the site.
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On Monday, Katharine Pike, Sherborne town councillor and chairman of the plans committee, said it was "vital" councillors and residents commented on the changes.
She said: "Sherborne has achieved a huge amount by getting these new proposals released.
"We did not expect the district council to listen so carefully to our views.
"If you want to stop large scale housing in our town, you have simply got to write and show your support.
"Now they need our help. They have to produce sensible reasons to convince the inspector the houses are better placed in Dorchester."
Residents have until Thursday, March 14, to respond.
A drop-in session will take place at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, on Thursday, February 28, between 1pm and 7pm.
The alterations will be presented to district councillors at the policy scrutiny committee, executive committee and full council before being submitted to a planning inspector for independent examination in the summer.
For information, visit www.dorsetforyou.com/newlocalplan/west/weymouth.