Planning Permission secured for a new neighbourhood and sports village in Wimborne, Dorset
Pro Vision, acting on behalf of Gleeson Developments Ltd, has obtained planning permission for a 'hybrid' development comprising (1) Outline planning consent for up to 305 new homes with associated roads, parking, turning and amenity areas; provision of a local centre; provision of new public open space, landscaped areas and allotments; and provision of land for around 13ha of new sports and leisure pitches; and (2) Full planning permission for the Change of Use of 16.9ha of agricultural land to SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) to be provided as a Country Park.
The site is a strategic allocation for development in the adopted Christchurch and East District Council Core Strategy and lies partly within the Green Belt. Despite this allocation, the application process was not without its challenges, with complex negotiations carried out with Officers on affordable housing (negotiations reduced this from 50% to 28%); air quality and odour; archaeology; and highway safety. To carry out the access works, which are partly within Common Land, Consent also needed to be obtained under the Commons Act.
The Country Park will mitigate the impact of the development on the Dorset Heathlands Special Protection Area and will include new pedestrian routes through and around the site linking with existing footpaths and the popular Castleman Trailway. The scheme should be an attractive recreational space, which also promotes opportunities for biodiversity.
The concept for the scheme embraces the principles of a garden village, with future residents living close to existing facilities and amenities, and a significant improvement to recreational land for Wimborne. The proposal includes a mixed density and potential to deliver a variety of family homes, accommodation types and tenures.