Go ahead for 292 homes in Chickerell

West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee has given its approval to a reserved matters application for 292 homes at Bank and Ridge Farm in Chickerell.

The reserved matters application, which follows approval of an outline application in March 2018, comprises details of appearance, scale and landscaping of the development.

The application comes from West Dorset based developer CG Fry & Son Ltd and is on land identified for housing in the West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Local Plan.

The development will sit on almost 30 acres of land previously used for agricultural purposes. It includes provision for 35 per cent affordable housing across a mix of tenures such as shared ownership and reduced market rent.

David Lohfink, Land & Planning Director at C G Fry & Son Ltd said:

“We are delighted that the council continues to work with us in delivering this much needed housing.”

Much needed housing

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“I am pleased that the detailed design elements of this development have come forward so quickly from the approval of an outline application in March of this year. Once completed these homes will provide much needed open market and affordable housing. I look forward to work starting on site in the near future.”

Opening Doors

Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“The approval of this reserved matters application is great news and means work can start on site in the near future.

“Having more homes built in the area is a key objective of our Opening Doors programme.

“As part of this programme, we have started a Home Ownership Register to gauge housing demand and find out the size and locations of homes wanted. As part of this we also forward on details of upcoming developments.

“I would recommend anyone looking to own their own home to sign up to the register.”