Category Archives: Current local issues

New planning application for Chesterfield Place

A planning application for 18 houses on the open space behind Dorchester Road and Elwell Street was rejected earlier this year (see previous news page). The Upwey Society objected to the proposal.

Although the application was comprehensively rejected by the Council, the developer has resubmitted an application to the new Dorset Council for fandamentally the same scheme (with a few minor changes).

Comments on the previous application will not be taken into account for the new one unless remade. If you wish to have your voice heard and comment for or against you will need to submit a new comment. The deadline for comments is 30 July.

The Society will be objecting to the development on exactly the same grounds as last time, namely: that the application is contrary to local adopted policy; is situated outside the Defined Development Boundary; that it is within an area designated as an important open gap and the Upwey Conservation area. We will also be objecting on the grounds that the plans are highly likely to exacerbate the flooding along the Wey Valley.

Should you wish to comment here is the link to the application on the Council’s website https://planning.dorset.gov.uk/public-access/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=DCAPR_36227&activeTab=summary. The application is number WP/19/00496/OUT. You may need to register again as this is a new portal since the last application.

Robert Hughes has written a helpful guide to finding and copying comments on the previous application – Finding your previous comments.

Concreting and clearing of the Old Roman Road – 30 June Update

Updated 30 June 2019

Parts of a local ancient road are being widened and part-concreted. Many local residents are concerned about the work.

The track is usually known as the Old Roman Road. It leads from the top of The Ridgeway (above The Old Ship) to the South Dorset Ridgeway National Trail. It is a public highway, in the care of Dorset Council. It is inside the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, in part, inside the Upwey Conservation Area.

The concreting has taken place over a number of years, but most recently in late May 2019. It is being done by owners of a small field off the track who have with no other connection to the area.

A meeting was held on 31 May to allow everyone to express their views and to see what action could be taken to protect a quiet rural lane from further damage. After that meeting a small group volunteered to take things forward. After discussion, and some investigation of the options, it was decided that the best apprach was to develop contact with the right part of the Council as they were in the best place to discourage inappropriate treatment of the track and could, if necessary, take enforcement action.

Update: We understand that the field owners and the Council’s Community Highways Officer have spoken and have agreed that when the owners are next in Dorset, this summer, they will meet to discuss the matter.

There is a mailing list for updates. If you wish to be kept informed, please email upweyromanroad@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

Public Meeting – Concreting and Clearing of the Old Roman Road – 31 May, Old Ship, 7pm

Some of a local ancient road is being widened and part-concreted. Many local residents are concerned about the work.

The track is usually known as the Old Roman Road. It leads from the top of The Ridgeway (above The Old Ship) to the South Dorset Ridgeway National Trail. It is a public highway, in the care of Dorset Council. It is inside the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, in part, inside the Upwey Conservation Area.

The concreting has taken place over a number of years, but most recently last week. It is being done by owners of a small field off the track who have with no other connection to the area.

The meeting is being held to allow everyone to express their views and to see what action can be taken to protect a quiet rural lane from further damage.

If you are concerned, please come to the meeting. If you can’t make it, but wish to be kept informed, please email upweyromanroad@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

Unofficial concrete on the Old Roman Road

In 2018 concrete was laid on a segment of the Old Roman Road (the track that is a continuation of The Ridgeway). It was put there by the owners of a field to the west of the track. They are not from the area, so it hasn’t been easy to talk to them – but they have said that they believe they have a right of vehicular access (the track is a public highway – left over from when it was the Weymouth/Dorchester road up to the early 19th century) and that the council refuse to improve the track. They said that the Highways Department had told them if they wanted the track improved they would have to do it themselves. They added that they originally wanted to lay concrete southward to join The Ridgeway but understand that local people would not be happy. Instead they have laid concrete uphill to join up with a track that runs from the old Dorchester Road to Bayard Dairy.

The concrete is ugly and seems likely to increase the likelihood of the track becoming a ravine in wet weather.

We contacted the County Council, who said:

“The concrete has been laid without any consent or agreement of either Council [Dorset and Weymouth and Portland].
However, from both the Planning perspective and from Highways they have found no reason to actively pursue enforcement and the removal of the concrete.
The view being taken by the highways officer is that it “does not appear to present any issue relating to safety or appear to present any effect on surface water drainage. Indeed its presence probably prevents scouring of the surface in times of high rainfall”.

The team will keep it under review and if there is evidence that this view is wrong they will reconsider.”

Planning application – 10 Church Street

Updated 4 July 2019

In April 2018 there was an application for outline permission to build seven detached houses on land behind Eastbrook House in Church Street. It has not yet been decided. There is no indication on the Council’s website of when it will be decided.

The most recent development is a letter to the Council from the applicant’s adviser, responding to the Upwey Society’s letter of objection mentioned below.

You can find the application on the Council’s website here.

The Society objected. The primary reasons for objecting are that:

  • it is outside the development boundary set in the Council-approved Local Plan, which identifies the particular area as important open space;
  • sewerage in the area is unable to cope with existing demand, and there is no prospect of it being improved.

10 Church St planning objection