Judicial review into plans for 760 homes near Bridport

Judicial review into plans for 760 homes near Bridport

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:07am 8th October 2019.

A legal challenge is being brought against plans to build 760 homes and a 60 bed care home on the outskirts of Bridport.

The Vearse Farm development will now go before a full judicial review.

The legal challenge is being brought by ADVEARSE .

They are a group opposed to the development who say the 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' should only be built on in exceptional circumstances.

cardiff civil court
Cardiff Civil Court

In a hearing at the civil court in Cardiff the judge agreed the case was 'arguable' and a full hearing is now likely to take place early next year.

ADVEARSE Chair, Barry Bates said:

"What would be lost nationally is the protection of Area's of Natural Beauty. People would be asking 'What is the point of designating them, if when things become remotely difficult you say 'Okay we can build on them'.

"Locally, this site is within a mile or so of the Jurassic Coast, which is a world heritage site.

"At a time when Dorset is being talked about as the next national park, it doesn't make any sense to suburbanise a large swathe of West Dorset at this particular time.

'Background'

The outline consent, issued on 2nd May 2019 by Dorset Council planning officers, also allows for some employment use, a small local centre, a primary school and associated playing fields as well as other public open space and allotments.