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Portland residents claim housing redevelopment is no good for island
RESIDENTS are resisting a new housing development on the edge of the Jurassic Coast they claim will be a blot on the landscape.
Betterment Properties wants to build 32 homes in a field off Reap Lane near the south western edge of Portland.
More than 30 people have written to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council objecting to development at the site and bemoaning the loss of an important open gap.
Council planning officers are in agreement and do not think the application should be supported.
Betterment, which is applying for outline permission, says it is an ‘ideal site’.
But councillors meeting tomorrow to decide the application will be told the site is outside the borough’s agreed development boundary.
It is also close to underground mine workings and building there would block future operations.
Among the objectors are Sue Lees of Windmill Stables who raised concerns about extra traffic from the development using a narrow and congested road.
She said if the Portland Academy application went through for Southwell it would lead to ‘chaos’ on the road.
“This small field needs to be kept as an important open gap,” she added.
The Weymouth Civic Society said it would be a ‘major intrusion into open land’.
Raymond Sefton of Southwell said the development would be a ‘terrible eyesore’ and William Bowey of Reap Lane said the site was an open area between Weston and Southwell in keeping with the Jurassic Coast for which Portland is ‘envied’.
He said it was an important area for wildlife and popular with birdwatchers.
A report to the planning committee urges councillors to refuse permission.
The reasons given are that the development would be on land outside the development boundary within an important open gap, in an area of archaeological potential and landscape importance.
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