Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset
An outline application has been submitted for up to 45 dwellings on a part brownfield site within the village settlement boundary of Okeford Fitzpaine in North Dorset. The site is currently a redundant poultry farm that lies immediately adjacent to the eastern edge of the village. The proposal provides for significantly improved footpath connectivity in the immediate vicinity of the site through rationalisation and improvements to the complex footpath network that currently exists.
The proposals are for 45no 2,3 and 4 bedroom dwellings that will cater for a wide range of needs and requirements. Clearly the site’s very nature and location means that it has been a bad neighbour to the village not only through the previous use of the site but also through the heavy traffic and HGV movements that the site generates. The proposals were formed over many months and included significant consultation with local residents and received overwhelming support from local residents as the ideal village site for redevelopment.
The site has been the subject of a many rounds of local consultation with local residents, the Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Group. The site was selected by over 80% of the local community as the correct location for the additional housing and growth to be accommodated. Unfortunately the Neighbourhood Plan process was de-railed by North Dorset’s 5 Year Land Supply Issues as speculative applications on sites not identified as being suitable for housing were submitted, however we persevered with the courage of our convictions and those of the local residents and received Officers Delegated Powers to grant planning permission.