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Current Issues affecting the parish

Swanage Hospital Closure

Over 1000 turned out to attend a public meeting over the closure of Swanage Hospital on July 20th at the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage. Over 450 were denied access to the meeting due to H&S concerns. Campaigners protested downstairs and on the beach until the representative of Dorset NHS was provided with a police escort to enable him to address the crowds.

Source: Purbeck Gazette

Click here for League of Friends Swanage Hospital website

Swanage Free school

The Swanage School will be a new 11-16 school for the entire community, situated on the former grammar school site in Northbrook Road. It will open in September 2013, beginning with Years 7, 8 and 9.

Click here for Swanage Free School website

Gypsy and travellers sites - Purbeck

Purbeck District Council will consider the views of the public on the four sites put forward for consultation and any other suggested sites that may emerge through the consultation process.  The council will then undertake further public consultation to reach an agreement on the final plan before it is submitted to the government for inspection.

If anyone has any queries about the consultation for Purbeck, they can telephone 01929 556561.

Click here for The Dorset for You Travellers Info website

Mineral extraction Policy

Maintaining provision of Purbeck Stone, a building stone of national and local heritage significance, in an area of high landscape sensitivity.

Establishing a scale and nature of extraction appropriate to the sensitive area whilst as far as possible supporting this important industry.

Click here for The Strategy for Purbeck Stone Extraction website

Waste management proposals

A joint strategy by the Dorset councils to guide the way that

waste will be dealt with over the next 25 years. Everyone produces rubbish,how we deal with it now and in years to come is a significant challenge.

Click here for Waste Management website

Offshore Wind Farm

The coast from Purbeck in Dorset to the south of the Isle of Wight surrounding Poole Bay is rightly valued. Expansive views escape the intrusion of man-made structures, and it is a popular destination for those wanting to “get away from it all”. That could change if the Navitus Bay offshore wind farm is built by Dutch & French companies, Eneco & EDF ("E&E") as it is currently proposed.

Click here for The Challenge Navitus website

Purbeck District Council Planning Core strategy

The Core Strategy sets out the strategic vision and policies for Purbeck for the period 2006-2027. Once adopted it will replace the Purbeck District Local Plan Final Edition (2004) and be used to guide new development and determine planning applications. It includes proposals for settlement extensions at Bere Regis, Bovington, Lytchett Matravers, Swanage, Upton and Wareham.

Click here for The Eneco and EDF Energy website Click for The Purbeck Core Planning website



Purbeck District Council are currently reviewing the existing and separate settlement boundaries in Worth and Harmans Cross villages. This review arose from an Inspectors consideration and recommendations in 2012 on the Purbeck District Local Plan. Ultimately it is proposed to adopt a revised Plan in 2017 and the intervening period is for consultation with local communities to review in terms of development where and why any additional development should be considered. This would include for community facilities as well as market or other housing.

It was also an opportunity to review possible Rural Exception sites which may come available in the future plan period. New development within the boundary would be more likely to get favourable consideration. Outside the settlement the Rural Exception Housing Policy which restricts development to Social or Affordable housing including self-build would apply.

The timescale from policy agreement to implementation of proposals on the ground could possibly be up to two decades and boundaries were intended to clarify future options for landowners and communities. The boundaries were also being reviewed from a landscape perspective at PDC.

The respective detailed and large scale maps will be displayed at Worth Matravers VH at 1800 prior to the PC meeting on November 5th and at Harmans Cross VH  prior to the PC meeting on the 3rd December.

Click here for The Harmans Cross Settlement Boundary Map ( PDF) Click here for The Worth Matravers Settlement Boundary Map ( PDF)

Dorset Travel Website - Check before you travel!

Travel Dorset provides you with up to date travel information for Dorset including live travel alerts, roadworks information and bus and rail departure times.

Click here for The Travel Dorset Website Click here for The Consultation Notes ( PDF) Click here for The Consultation Criteria Notes ( PDF) Click here for Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document  ( PDF) Click here for Partial Review of the Purbeck Local Plan Part 1 fact sheet  ( PDF)