Decision due on new homes for Crossways

Decision due on new homes for Crossways

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:38am 30th August 2019.

A decision on the first stage of a 500-home development at Crossways is expected in the coming days.

Dorset councillors deferred a decision on the site, south of Warmwell Road, earlier in the year for council officers to tidy up some aspects of legal agreements with the developers. These include mineral extraction, and representations about a footpath and bridleway diversion being needed to maintain a public right of way and some aspects of the phasing agreement.

The planning application, which comes before the Dorset Council area committee on September 5th,  asks for full permission to build 99 open market and affordable homes, and outline permission to build a further 401 homes, as well as a new doctors surgery, a replacement village hall, car parking, play areas, a new village green and new car, cycle and pedestrian accesses.

The site includes Summer Farm and the existing village hall and is alongside the Hybris Business Park and next to Heathfield Park and a number of other residential properties. To the south west of the site is Warmwell Country Touring Park.

Crossways Village Hall

Developers say they hope the scheme will establish a clearly identifiable centre or “heart” to the village and will provided 35 per cent of the homes as ‘affordable.’

London-based residential and commercial property developer C&G says:

“The application site is readily accessible to all of the local services and facilities and is close to the village centre where the local shop and post office, library, doctor’s surgery are located.

“The site is also within accepted walking distance of the school and Moreton railway station. It is clearly therefore a sustainable location for new residential development.”

'Village hall'

Committee members are being told that a new village hall should be constructed before the demolition of the existing one or before the start of the final phase of the development. They had initially asked for it to be provided before the end of the first phase.

The existing hall dates from the Second World War, is on the opposite side of the road for the majority of existing villages homes and is also costly to heat and maintain.

Photo of House Keys

'Financial contributions'

The permission is also dependent on an education contribution of £5,444 for each home with two or more bedrooms and the provision of a natural greenspace together with a maintenance contribution of £960,000. The site would also have three play areas with a maintenance contribution of £58,500.

A contribution, of £560,000, is also being sought in the agreement for highway works and a cycle route scheme.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter