Dorset

Bridport development plans revealed as part of local plan

Sketches of the development Image copyright Hallam Land Management
Image caption Developer Hallam Land Management has released sketches of the plans

Sketches of a development plan proposed for an area of outstanding natural beauty have been released.

Hallam Land Management submitted the designs as part of discussions surrounding a local plan for West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.

The plans show drawings for a development of up to 760 new homes to the west of Bridport at Vearse Farm.

A campaign group, Advearse, has collected thousands of signatures opposing the idea.

Image copyright Hallam Land Management
Image caption The proposals are part of the local plan

They are concerned about the scale of the plans and that they are "not in keeping with the character of the small market town".

The local plan examination has been going on since 25 November at West Dorset District Council offices and was due to last three weeks.

If the local plan, which sets a planning strategy for the area up to 2031, is adopted, the developers will submit a planning application.

The site consists of 70 hectares of arable farmland and is 1.7 miles from the Jurassic Coastline, within the Dorset area of outstanding natural beauty.

Image copyright Hallam Land Management
Image caption A petition against the development has also been submitted to the council

The plans are for 760 new homes with allocation of land for a primary school, a care home, business units and open space.

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