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Housing: Dorset

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department’s policy is on the proposed construction of 2,750 homes in the vicinity of Lytchett Minster, Dorset under the revised South West Regional Spatial Strategy. (310662)

The Secretary of State’s proposed changes to the South West Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) include an ‘area of search’ for 2,750 new homes at Lytchett Minster. Representations about this proposal, made during the public consultation between July and October 2008, will be taken into account before the Secretary of State decides on the final form of the RSS. Additional sustainability appraisal work is currently being undertaken, which will look at the areas of search proposed in the RSS. I expect that work to be completed in March.

It is not the role of the Secretary of State to allocate land for future development. This is a matter for local authorities to consider through their local development frameworks. It is also for the local authority to consider any planning application that arises in respect of development in the vicinity of Lytchett Minster.