Please find below questions we have received relating to the Western Dorset section of the Dorset Council Local Plan options consultation, along with answers given.
Why is additional growth needed when the consented development at Vearse farm was so large?
The consented Vearse Farm, although already large, has potential for more development that we consider can be achieved without significant negative impacts to our environmental, social and economic objectives. It is also important to be aware that it is the area of land that is allocated in the plan – the numbers are estimates at this stage and will be finalised through the planning application process. We are not proposing to allocate additional land at Vearse Farm, but there is land within the originally allocated site that was not included in the planning permission and still has potential for development.
Why propose for housing growth in areas where you think there is land instability?
This would only happen when we are confident the areas of land instability can be avoided or that impacts would be adequately mitigated. The proposals ask for developers to prove housing in such locations would be safe, and the council would not approve development if we were not convinced of this.