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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 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.

Refusal of planning application – land near Prospect Place, Dorchester Road

Updated 16 April 2019

An application for outline permission to build 18 houses on open ground at Chesterfield Place (near Prospect Place) has been refused by the Council’s planning officer, on 15 April.

The reasons for refusal were:

  • the impact on the area designated as an “important open gap” outside the developments boundary in the Council’s adopted local plan.
  • the consequences for the dwelling that overlooks the site;
  • insufficient information about drainage proposals;
  • lack of proposals for affordable housing.

However, there remain the possibilities of an appeal, or an amended application.

Details of the application and all the relevant documents can be found on the Council’s website here.

The Upwey Society objected to the application – essentially because it is outside the permitted development area, and is the third recent attempt to invade the open space between Dorchester Road, Elwell Street, Church Street and Stottingway Street. The full objection can be downloaded here: Representation – Land at Chesterfield Place.

Concerned residents potentially affected by the proposed development held an open meeting on 12 November 2018.

Among important points raised at that meeting were:

  • The fact that it is outside the area in which building is permitted, under the Council’s local plan.
  • The unsuitability of the proposed access (which includes widening Prospect Place, which many residents object to).
  • The inadequacy of the parking proposals, particularly for residents of Propect Place.
  • The potentially dangerous turning out of Prospect Place which has limited visibilty, due to neighbouring buildings, parked cars and the crest of a hill in Dorchester Road.
  • The impact on the open space.
  • The precedent value, for the whole of the open space.