As Swanage residents will be aware, the consultation period for the Local Plan is in progress, with leaflets outlining various options for housing sites, town centre development and the seafront. The Society has submitted a detailed response, summarised below, to the Consultation on the Plan, which runs until 2027. We consider the Plan to be of vital importance to the controlled development that is bound to take place in Swanage and Purbeck in this period. However, the Swanage Local Plan must fit with the Purbeck District Plan adopted in 2012, after the earlier…continue reading →
NAVITUS WIND PARK - OBJECTION In response to the Phase Four Community Consultation, The Purbeck Society, after due consideration of the current proposals, sees nothing in them to reverse our previously expressed opposition. We therefore, submit herewith the Society’s formal objection to the current proposals with our comments arising from the latest round of consultation exhibitions, together with a resume of the points made previously which we consider to be equally valid now.
THE PURBECK SOCIETY www.purbecksociety.co.uk Affiliated to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) WEB-REPORT - AUTUMN 2013 Chairman’s Notes Society Matters The Society’s website is receiving plenty of interest and a number of enquiries via firstname.lastname@example.org have been received. If you have any contributions for the site, e.g. photos or articles relevant to the Society’s activities, please e-mail them to Frank Nicoll at email@example.com who will coordinate them with our webmaster David Churchill. Thank you to those who responded positively to our plea to members to receive communications by e-mail. However we need…continue reading →
THE PURBECK SOCIETY www.purbecksociety.co.uk Affiliated to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Chairman : Michael Stollery, Dip Arch, RIBA Please reply to : 52 Victoria Avenue Swanage BH19 1AP Navitus Bay Developments Ltd Units 3&4 Athena Court Tashbrook Park Warwick CV34 6RT Dear Sirs NAVITUS WIND PARK - OBJECTION In response to the Phase Three Community Consultation, The Purbeck Society, after due consideration of the revised proposals, submits its formal objection to them and lists below the reasons for doing so. The Purbeck Society, a community based group with over 350 members,…continue reading →
We felt it would be a good idea to provide this update after an active year opposing the wind farm scheme and before the next formal consultation in February. It is being sent to the Residents' Associations (RAs), the HENRA committee, Challenge Navitus (CN), some MPs, councillors and council officers.
Please find attached the minutes from Hengisbury Residents' Association general meeting 7 November 2012. Navitus Bay wind company presentation.continue reading →
Over the last few years there have been a number of planning applications which have involved the destruction of interesting and characterful properties, the most notable probably being the former Westbury hotel (latterly care home) in Rempstone Road Swanage. The Society is increasingly concerned that the character of Swanage is being steadily eroded by the destruction of such properties and believes that acceptable viable alternatives, whereby these properties can be adapted for 21st Century use, while still retaining their character. The latest case is No.2 Drummond Road in south Swanage which, to our knowledge, has been the subject of three planning applications in recent years. Each of these has involved the demolition of Drummond Lodge, an interesting Edwardian house.
Durlston has reached the final in the 2012 National Lottery Awards (Heritage category) and has been shortlisted as one of the 3 best Heritage project of the year. This is an important, national award with the winner decided by public vote and the awards presentation shown live on BBC1 in December. We would greatly appreciate your support both in voting directly and also through encouraging any colleagues, friends, partners, stakeholders and anyone else you know to vote for Durlston. Winning this award would be a great boost to everyone associated with Durlston and…continue reading →
Set out below is the Society’s response to the consultation on the proposed Modifications to the draft Core Strategy which submitted in January 2012 and was the subject of an Examination In Public (EIP) in May. There may be a further EIP on these Modifications and the responses received since the EIP in May If/when accepted the Purbeck Core Strategy will replace the Purbeck District Local Plan Final Edition (2004) as the strategic planning document. The Society submitted its own response on the proposed Modifications to PDC on 25 July but before commenting specifically on them as set out in tabular form below, the Purbeck Society noted its concern at the length and complexity of the whole process. The proformas and the quasi-legal way in which the comments to the initial draft had to be made and, similarly comments on the current modifications, we considered to be very un-user friendly, which we are sure will have discouraged many from commenting. Hopefully these issues will not be a feature when developing and consulting upon the individual Local Plans. Furthermore, we noted that by the time the Core Strategy is finally adopted (presumably in 2013) it will be seven years into the plan period of 2006 – 2026/7!
The first phase of the consultation process finished on 20 July and what follows formed the basis of the Society’s submission to this process. The NHS tell us that they will formulate firmer proposals based on the comments received in this first phase consultation and will be submitted for further consultation in the Autumn. Members of the Society were appalled at the proposals to relocate the Swanage Health Centre and close the Swanage Hospital to be replaced by a polyclinic, as were the vast majority of the residents of Swanage a large number of whom besieged the Mowlem on the evening of 20th July. So far as Swanage is concerned, we submit, there are two aspects of the provision of healthcare to be considered : the Health Centre and Swanage Hospital, although of course there is some linkage between them.