Planning application – land near Prospect Place, Dorchester Road

There is an application for outline permission to build 18 houses on open ground, currently part of what is identified in the Council’s local plan as “important open space” within the Upwey Conservation Area.

Details of the application can be found on the Council’s website here.

The Upwey Society has 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.

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 Dorcheter Road.
  • The impact on the open space.
  • The precedent value, for the whole of the open space.

The application has not yet been decided by the Council (or its planning officers). However, the conservation officer and landscape officer have said they are unable to support the application. It is not yet know when the application will be decided.