Future of The Purbeck Society

Due to the lack of people coming forward to run the Society, the Committee has taken the sad decision that the Society shall be dissolved. Please look out for announcements about an Extra-ordinary General Meeting to be held in the Autumn to formally wind up the Society.continue reading →


The Purbeck Society’s Management Committee is elected annually at its Annual General Meeting, this year’s AGM being due on Friday April 11th. Sadly, circumstances have contrived such that a number of the existing Committee members are unable to seek re-election this year. Without a full Committee of at least 10, preferably 12, the Society will not be able to function effectively or sustain the programme of support for all the various campaigns with which the Society has been recently involved, nor will it be able to continue with its popular programmes of visits…continue reading →


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.

Web-Report – Autumn 2013

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 info@purbecksociety.com 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 franknicoll@btinternet.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 →

Objection Letter: Navitus Wind Park 6th March 2013

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 →

Navitus Bay Wind Farm, Year End Review from HENRA

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.

2 Drummond Road Swanage (PA 6/2012/0568)

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.

National Lottery Awards – vote Durlston

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 →