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Planning and Development (Dorset)

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

A proposal to build 2,750 dwellings—a new town, in effect—was introduced in the south-west regional spatial strategy following a representation from a developer at the examination in public. The proposal is opposed by every local democratically elected body and every elected representative, as well as by almost 100 per cent. of local residents, on whose behalf I present the petition tonight.

The petition states:

The Petition of people living in the Mid-Dorset and North Poole Constituency,

Declares the Petitioners’ concerns that the proposal to build 2,750 homes in the vicinity of Lytchett Minster village in the green belt will result in one urban sprawl and threaten the loss of individual identity for their villages and communities, increase traffic on already inadequate roads, put pressures on hospitals and other health services and on schools and endanger heath lands. The Petitioners further declare that it is not an effective way to tackle the housing needs of local young people.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to respond to the views of Purbeck District Council, supported by Dorset County Council, local town and parish councils and many individual constituents, by removing the proposal for the 2,750 homes in the vicinity of Lytchett Minster village from the South West Regional Spatial strategy.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.