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College Defends Plans To Build Homes At Bockhampton

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8:09am 19th December 2014

Kingston Maurward College has been responding to criticism over their plans to build homes on parkland near Dorchester where the famous writer Thomas Hardy lived.

The Open Spaces Society says plans to build 70 homes in Lower Bockhampton would have a devastating impact on the area.

The oldest national conservation body in the country has written to West Dorset District Council and the college to object to the proposals.

But the college insists they're looking after their obligation to their students to make sure they get the best education possible using high quality facilities.

They claim the money from the development would mean the college could afford to begin redeveloping as well as helping to meet local housing needs too.

Principal, Clare Davison, said: " We want to provide additional state of the art agri-tech facilities and expand our Higher Education offer enabling more students to study degree programmes on their doorstep."

"The capital released from the sale of land will enable the college to embark on a programme of redevelopment and will have a positive impact on meeting local housing needs."

But The Open Spaces Society's  general secretary, Kate Ashbrook she told Wessex FM: "The peace and quiet of this lovely area would be ruined.  Walkers, riders and cyclists would all suffer."  

"This is of course a popular tourist destination because of its association with Hardy and it would be an outrage if the council were to allow such alien and overpowering development in this very special place."

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