Wimborne Rugby Club's relocation plans set to be refused
PLANS for the relocation of Wimborne Rugby Club to part of Manor Farm in Ham Lane, Wimborne, are being recommended for refusal by officers at East Dorset District Council.
The application on behalf of the club and Stour Valley Properties (Dorset) Ltd will be considered by the district's planning committee on Tuesday, at which members will be told that it conflicts with Green Belt planning policy because although that policy allows outdoor sport and recreation, the four full sized pitches together with a smaller training pitch, floodlighting and buildings proposed are of a scale to harm the specially designated area.
The planning policy team say it is also likely to generate more traffic than the present ground in Leigh Park since it does not relate to any one settlement being between Wimborne, Colehill and Ferndown.
"The provision of a large car park for 140 vehicles suggests that the predominant mode of transport will be the car, and not bicycle, foot or bus.
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The site is therefore not in an accessible sustainable location."
They also say the proposal conflicts with emerging council policy of establishing a sports village in a more sustainable location to the south of Leigh Road.
Natural England and the Dorset Wildlife Trust have raised concerns about local protected areas and designated sites, and although there are over 100 letters of support from members of the public, residents at Little Canford have objected, raising issues of noise, disturbance to residential amenity and highway problems, and asking that the scheme is considered in conjunction with other applications in the vicinity.