‣May 2020 The planning application for 15 affordable homes at Netherhay Lane, Drimpton, mainly for rent and for local people only, has been with planning department of Dorset Council for over a year. During this time, we have consulted continuously with the planning department and others and had independent highways experts look at Drimpton Cross crossroads. The outcome of this is that we have included a footpath from the housing scheme to meet up with the existing right of way that runs from the Chard Road opposite the village hall toward Netherhay. This is something the planning department were very keen to have. The independent examination of Drimpton Cross concluded that the junction is safe and, as we know, the junction is typical of hundreds that are to be found in West Dorset. The plans have been amended slightly to provide a less regimented feel by altering the orientation of some of the houses. We have been requested to provide a further ecological survey of the site and this will be carried out shortly. We hope that we are edging closer to a planning decision. David Leader, BCLT Chair
▸March 2019 The Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust held its AGM in Drimpton Village Hall on Monday, 18 March 2019. The CLT’s Chair, David Leader, brought the membership up to date on the current project status: legal negotiations are almost concluded, and the CLT is hopeful that a Planning Application might be submitted by the end of this month. Louise Lote, Senior Land Manager with Yarlington Housing Group, gave a presentation highlighting successful CLT projects which they have delivered since 2012, and then took questions. The meeting then looked at possible future community projects which might benefit from CLT involvement.
Suggestions included: - provision of light industrial units for local employment - creation of a community orchard - establishment of a skills exchange register or workshop.
Members were invited to submit their ideas for consideration. Election to the Board. David Leader and Jacqui Sewell stood down and both were unanimously re-elected. Emma Costin of Drimpton had also been nominated for Board membership and the meeting unanimously approved her appointment. Meeting closed at approximately 20.30 p.m.
‣ BGP CLT Community Consultation Event, 28th March 2018, Drimpton Village Hall Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT hosted a community consultation event in Drimpton Village Hall on Wednesday 28 March 2018. Trewin Design Architects displayed drawings, elevations and 3-D sketches of the draft designs for the proposed development of 15 affordable homes at the 1.5 acre site on Netherhay Lane. Members of the CLT committee were on hand to listen to and respond to queries about the design proposals, the possibility of shared ownership homes, and how to become eligible to rent one of the properties.
Around 70 people attended the event, and many took the opportunity to provide their feedback over a cup of tea. These views will considered by the CLT committee and development team, and in due course will be submitted as part of any planning application that is made.
Our thanks to all who attended and made this event a success by having their say. ‣Information from the BGP CLT AGM January 2018:
‣September 2016 A well-attended public meeting was held in Drimpton Village Hall on Tuesday 13th September at 7.30 p.m. A short report of the meeting can be accessed here. The result of a straw poll held at the end of this meeting was as follows: - In favour of the proposed development - 68 - Against the proposed development - 12 - Abstentions - 6