Portland quarry home plans set for council support

Quarry home plans set for council support

Quarry home plans set for council support

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A QUARRYING company looks set to win support to build a housing estate on an industrial site on Portland after a few attempts.

A number of applications have been put forward by Stone Firms Ltd to develop a yard of old quarry buildings off Bumpers Lane at Easton.

Last year, councillors rejected a scheme for 75 homes but backed a scaled-down version involving 28 units.

The rejected scheme went to appeal and was dismissed. The planning inspector said it would meet housing needs and could enhance the area but said the main issue was whether it would be ‘sustainable’ as it would affect an open gap and be near a quarrying area, affecting the living conditions of those in the proposed development.

Applicants have taken these comments on board and submitted a new scheme for 64 houses, including affordable homes, to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. It is for a smaller area and includes a ‘buffer zone’ around the site where quarrying would be excluded, and an area to be set aside for nature conservation.

Part of the site is outside the development boundary but as the council doesn’t have an up-to-date plan in place to guide future growth it cannot argue this issue, given that the scheme will deliver much needed housing, a report states.

Applicants are seeking outline planning permission to establish the principle only at this stage of providing residential development on a 2.18 hectare piece of land.

Portland Town Council has objected on the grounds of overdevelopment and some residents have written to object, highlighting issues such as more vehicles in Wakeham, impact on parking, and lack of infrastructure to cope with more housing.

Borough planning officers are recommending the proposal is approved at a meeting this Wednesday.

Case officer Chris Moscrop said: “The current application has sought to address the issues raised as part of the appeal and in particular the applicants now propose to enter into a legal agreement to address the remaining concerns addressed by the appeal inspector.

“Members will also be aware that the borough is currently unable to demonstrate that it has a five year housing land supply and that as such the planning balance in this case – given the benefits that would arise in the provision of much needed open market and affordable housing; open space and nature conservation – means that a favourable recommendation is now made subject to a 106 Agreement and planning conditions.”

Borough councillor for Tophill West, Cllr Ray Nowak, said: “I welcome a scheme which will provide affordable homes but as long as they are smaller properties of one or two bedrooms which Portland seems to be lacking.

“I am also pleased to see that this is a smaller scheme than the one which was put forward last year.

“However I do have concerns about the lack of infrastructure in place to support the new housing developments on the island.

“I also think there needs to be consideration for the Jurassica scheme, as an access off Bumpers Lane was discussed as a possible route to the Jurassica site, and this could conflict with that.”

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7:41am Mon 21 Jul 14

echo-reader says...

great just what the island needs More houses to cause strain on the impossible task of getting an appointment at the doctors ,
more transport ,
its all about money nowaday
great just what the island needs More houses to cause strain on the impossible task of getting an appointment at the doctors , more transport , its all about money nowaday echo-reader
  • Score: 4

10:02am Mon 21 Jul 14

Naturalised southerner says...

We have to house a growing population somewhere, why not on the island?
We have to house a growing population somewhere, why not on the island? Naturalised southerner
  • Score: -10

6:11pm Mon 21 Jul 14

portland rebel says...

affordable homes , non of the so called affordable homes built over the last few years have been affordable as they dont reflect local wages, its social housing that is needed, not affordable, unless they are in line with local incomes.
affordable homes , non of the so called affordable homes built over the last few years have been affordable as they dont reflect local wages, its social housing that is needed, not affordable, unless they are in line with local incomes. portland rebel
  • Score: 5

6:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

1Kimberlin says...

Naturalised southerner wrote:
We have to house a growing population somewhere, why not on the island?
Obviously not from the Isle then. As you would know why we do not need any more UN-affordable Housing.
Still what Smithy wants Smithy will get & I bet that R*d (***) House are appointed selling Agents
[quote][p][bold]Naturalised southerner[/bold] wrote: We have to house a growing population somewhere, why not on the island?[/p][/quote]Obviously not from the Isle then. As you would know why we do not need any more UN-affordable Housing. Still what Smithy wants Smithy will get & I bet that R*d (***) House are appointed selling Agents 1Kimberlin
  • Score: 5

7:47pm Mon 21 Jul 14

southwellman says...

Was officers firld supposed to be affordable until Red house and his schemes got involved.. there is no such thing as affordable houseing anymore as tehre are not enough jobs.. there are not enough jobs becasue every wendy who has a partner in jail demands a house here...
Was officers firld supposed to be affordable until Red house and his schemes got involved.. there is no such thing as affordable houseing anymore as tehre are not enough jobs.. there are not enough jobs becasue every wendy who has a partner in jail demands a house here... southwellman
  • Score: 7

9:54pm Mon 21 Jul 14

JACKC says...

Once again a building application for more houses gets refused.....at first. The houses WILL get built due to this Government's stance on the need for more houses and 'relaxation' on planning permission. This is happening already in Weymouth. The TOWN GREEN is one example. Land belonging to the people (see the old Scallywag issues if you know anyone who still keeps them) is being flattened despite no planning permission (surprise surprise there) and next it will be the new Southill 'estate', the ever expansion of Chickerell - and who profits? Noooo not the local homeless - it's the greedy builders who profit. How naive to suggest there will be enough affordable housing to make anywhere near a dent in the number actually needed, and of course they all offer the customary 'open spaces or conservation areas' -ha ha ha that's a joke too. Once again it will be a waste of time to raise any valid objections to any of these estates going up - the planners will again ignore local opinion and do what the building fraternity in Weymouth and Portland want., as usual. If it's green and/or doesn't move, cover it in concrete.
Once again a building application for more houses gets refused.....at first. The houses WILL get built due to this Government's stance on the need for more houses and 'relaxation' on planning permission. This is happening already in Weymouth. The TOWN GREEN is one example. Land belonging to the people (see the old Scallywag issues if you know anyone who still keeps them) is being flattened despite no planning permission (surprise surprise there) and next it will be the new Southill 'estate', the ever expansion of Chickerell - and who profits? Noooo not the local homeless - it's the greedy builders who profit. How naive to suggest there will be enough affordable housing to make anywhere near a dent in the number actually needed, and of course they all offer the customary 'open spaces or conservation areas' -ha ha ha that's a joke too. Once again it will be a waste of time to raise any valid objections to any of these estates going up - the planners will again ignore local opinion and do what the building fraternity in Weymouth and Portland want., as usual. If it's green and/or doesn't move, cover it in concrete. JACKC
  • Score: 4

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