Green light for Bank & Ridge Farm development in Chickerell

The outline application was submitted by Litton-Cheney based CG Fry & Son Ltd and is on land identified for housing in the West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Local Plan.

Infrastructure in the scheme includes two new road junctions, pedestrian and cycle links, a public open space, an extension to St Mary’s Church burial ground, landscaping and drainage, flood control and earth works.

Its proposed Section 106 agreement for infrastructure and community benefits includes 35% affordable housing, equating to 102 homes.

Others are financial contributions towards primary education provision and healthcare provision in Chickerell plus contributions to support existing allotments and the town’s community orchard, and for new facilities such as a grass pitch, sports pavilion, play areas and skate park.

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

“I am pleased our planning officers have been able to work with CG Fry & Son Ltd in order to agree a suitable S106 agreement, which will see significant community benefits.

“Once completed, this development will provide much needed open market housing and a large number of affordable housing for our residents.

“I look forward to the reserve matters application, where the design elements of the development will be presented.”

David Lohfink, Land and Planning Director for C CG Fry & Son Ltd, said:

“We are delighted that the planning committee accepted the positive recommendation from officers and saw the need for much needed housing on a local plan allocated site. We are pleased the committee took into account the significant amount of work we put in to designing the proposals and the package of financial contributions towards the provision of local infrastructure and facilities. We look forward to a continued and productive dialogue with officers and the community as we bring the detailed scheme design forward.”

A development for 292 properties on land to the west of School Hill in Chickerell has been approved by West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee.

West Dorset District Council together with Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and North Dorset District Council want to see 20,000 more homes built in their combined area by 2033 under their Opening Doors campaign.

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

“Opening Doors aims to encourage developers to bring more housing schemes forward and to build out these planning applications as soon as reasonably possible if consent is gained.

“Like many other areas, West Dorset has a housing shortage so schemes of different kinds, whether at the larger end of the spectrum, or on a smaller scale are welcome.”

Opening Doors has also recently launched a Home Ownership Register to gauge housing demand and supply information about the latest homes for sale to househunters.