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