Category Archives: Past events

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.

Upwey Potters Annual Exhibition and Open Studio Workshops – Upwey Old School Hall, 18 May to 2 June 2019

The exhibition is part of  Open For Art, the visual arts Open Studio event across South Dorset from 18th May to 2nd June.

During their annual exhibition, the Upwey Potters are demonstrating their skills and will talk to anyone about their processes. There are various workshop sessions during the show.
Over the first weekend 18th/19th May there are free half hour have a go throwing sessions, promoted as part of the national Hey Clay event. Spaces are limited and must be pre-booked using the Eventbrite system on the potters’  Hey Clay page.
The throwing sessions will be two and a half hours long starting at 10am and 2pm, with limited numbers.  This webpage gives details of the event, with a link to the special events and workshop page, which has an email link for booking workshops.