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Townspeople vent anger at local plan
10:28am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS want a say in the future and they don’t want “a Poundbury” dumped on the town.
Anger and frustration came to a head at a special Bridport town council meeting when more than 100 people packed into the town hall to air their opinions. Feelings ran high as councillors agreed their response to the draft local plan which includes almost 800 new homes to be built on green fields on the town outskirts.
Objectors believe that Bridport is bearing the brunt of a reduction in future housing in Sherborne and Dorchester. Some estimate that the town could have 1,600 new homes in less than 20 years, which would represent a huge increase of 25 percent.
Their anger has been fuelled by a series of unpopular decisions from the district and county councils including the West Bay road changes, the closure of public toilets and proposals for on-street parking meters.
Coun Dave Rickard even suggested the local plan should be withdrawn.
He said consultation on the plan was so flawed the planning inspector should pull it or at the very least listen to the objectors to the huge Vearse Farm development.
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