Bryanston Park Preservation Group
(BPPG)



December 2012

SAVE OUR CROWN MEADOWS 

LAST CHANCE

VITAL ACTION TO TAKE TODAY (FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2012) TO ....

TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD

FURTHER PUBLIC CONSULTATION into the North Dorset Draft Core Strategy
UNTIL 21st DECEMBER 2012

YOU CAN STILL HAVE YOUR SAY AND VOICE YOUR OBJECTIONS BY WRITING A LETTER OR COMPLETING THE NDDC QUESTIONNAIRE (questions 20-21 only)

THE QUESTIONNAIRE can be completed online via Survey Monkey (the quickest way) or download it by clicking this link NDDC North Dorset Key Issues Consultation Form.doc

Two Questions relating to Crown Meadows are asked on the consultation questionnaire...
Question 20 - Do you agree that the indicative capacity of the proposed housing site to the west of Blandford Forum (Deer Park/Crown Meadows) should be reduced from 200 to 150 new homes?
Tick 'No' and write in the comment box "I want NO houses built on the site because it will ruin the landscape and cause extra traffic congestion in the town centre".

Question 21 - Should land be made available as public open space in the floodplain of the River Stour as part of an overall scheme for the development of the land to the west of Blandford Forum (Deer Park/Crown Meadows)?
Tick 'No' and write in the comment box "Irrelevant. I don’t want any harmful development of the Crown Meadows and prefer that houses are built on the site by Tesco (A350/A354) which means extra traffic will not have to go through the town centre".

Please let the local Planning Officers and your Councillors know your views.
It is vital you express your opposition to the development in writing to the council or by completing the questionnaire.

Questions to Ask…
· Why are you consulting again?
· Why isn’t local democracy being observed – 60% of the Town have already objected to this proposal?
· Has anyone stopped to think about the increased traffic flow through the Town Centre, or put forward proposals to prevent the dreadful impact on existing traffic congestion that the extra vehicle movements on and off the site will have, should development take place on the Crown Meadows?
· All previous plans have protected the Crown Meadows from development – why change that now?

Things to Say (that you already told us when you signed the Petition)…
· The Crown Meadows are an important historical feature of the town and I do not want to see them developed for housing. There is an alternative, more acceptable, site identified on the arable land between the A350 and A354 roundabout by Tesco. This has room for 360 houses and is accessible without driving through the town.
· The ONLY access to the proposed site on the Crown Meadows is via the town’s one way traffic system; approximately 600 vehicle journeys a day would worsen the already bad traffic congestion.
· Building on the Crown Meadows would ruin forever the chance for the future development of tourism, which brings lasting jobs and revenue for the town. Protect the town’s heritage for future generations.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE CONSULTATION QUESTIONNAIRE AND/OR WRITE A LETTER OR EMAIL TO NDDC (ONLY A FEW WORDS ARE NEEDED)
SAY YOU 'DO NOT WANT ANY DEVELOPMENT ON OUR CROWN MEADOWS' - THAT
THERE ARE MORE SUITABLE SITES NEARBY AND THAT DEVELOPMENT WILL INCREASE THE ALREADY BAD TRAFFIC CONGESTION THROUGH THE TOWN

(If it saves you some time, please use our letter template: Letter Template Response NDDC.docx)

You can email your letter to:
planningpolicy@north-dorset.gov.uk

Or post to:
Planning Policy (North Dorset)
North Dorset District Council
Nordon
Salisbury Road
Blandford Forum
Dorset
DT11 7LL

Nearly 6000 local people – more than 60 per cent of the population of our Dorset market town – signed a petition which was presented to the Chief Executive of North Dorset District Council in August. The signatories rejected the inclusion in the district’s Core Strategy of any future housing development on the Crown Meadows - a valued green space and former deer park overlooking the River Stour, which has for centuries remained a key landscape feature of the town and is the site of listed World War II defences. Despite your objections, the North Dorset District Council Planning Office has retained the proposed development with a reduction of houses from 200 to 150, which they believe makes it acceptable.

IT DOES NOT

ONLY A FEW WORDS ARE NEEDED. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO PREVENT LASTING DAMAGE TO YOUR TOWN

BLANDFORD PEOPLE - MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD









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