• Cranborne Chase AONB Office, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417


Apr 4, 2017
AONB will be represented at hearing examining Blandford+ Neighbourhood Plan development

The Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will be represented at a hearing on Monday 10 April which will examine the Blandford+ Neighbourhood Plan for a housing, household recycling/waste transfer site and school development.

The hearing, held at 10.30 at the council offices at Nordon, Blandford, and conducted by examiner Deborah McCann, will focus on the proposals for the development to the north and north east of the Blandford bypass, which will either be within or enclosed by the AONB.

Richard Burden, Landscape & Planning Advisor, said: “Our concerns centre around the development proposals outside the Blandford bypass which would be within the AONB or encompassed by it and separated from the town by the heavily trafficked bypass. The adverse impact of this development on the character and qualities of the landscape of our nationally important AONB is not being taken fully into account.

“The AONB has supported the development allocations in the recently adopted North Dorset Local Plan and the proposals in the Blandford+ Neighbourhood Plan would be a huge step too far,” Richard continued.
The public can attend the meeting, but only those who have been formally invited to participate will be permitted to speak on the day.