Letwin has say on homes plan at football club

Letwin has say on homes plan at football club

Letwin has say on homes plan at football club

Letwin has say on homes plan at football club

Letwin has say on homes plan at football club

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Trainee Reporter

WEST Dorset MP Oliver Letwin has waded into the debate about redevelopment at Weymouth Football Club, saying consideration must be given to local development plans.

The issue is set to be heard at a public inquiry in November this year after landowners Wessex Delivery appealed a decision by West Dorset District Council to refuse planning permission to build up to 170 homes.

The appeal date has been set for November 18 at South Walks House in Dorchester.

The appeal is set to be considered within the same timeframe of the new draft Local Plan, which has been jointly submitted by West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

This draft had been changed in order to meet the requirements for supply of housing.

At the inquiry, the council will argue the redevelopment goes against planning policies and that without a specific alternative, the redevelopment of the pitches at the Bob Lucas Stadium represented an ‘unacceptable loss of sports provision’ in the area.

The football club site falls within Mr Letwin’s constituency and he has written to the Planning Inspectorate.

Supporting the council’s case, Mr Letwin said the Planning Inspectorate should pay attention to the revised new draft Local Plan when making a decision with regards to the plan and ‘give real weight’ to it.

Speaking to the Echo, he said: “The local plan has been through various iterations. The new draft has just been issued for consultation.

“There will be a period of consultation on it and then a further examination by the Inspectorate.

“That’s in various stages and will take however long it takes.”

In his letter, Mr Letwin also asks the Planning Inspectorate to take full account of the effect on local leisure facilities of the proposal to provide housing on the site.

Adding to this, Mr Letwin said to the Echo: “It’s important that this part of Dorset should have appropriate leisure facilities and that is something the Local Plan also considers.

“I’m hoping the inspector will see we need this to be a leisure facility.”

As part of the Bob Lucas stadium development, the proposal is to redevelop the existing football stadium, training pitch and car park with 150-170 dwellings, including affordable homes, public open space, a convenience store, access and parking.

In a separate application yet to be considered Wessex Delivery wants to provide a new home for Weymouth Football Club on a site off Preston Beach Road at Lodmoor.

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8:54am Sat 2 Aug 14

oldbrock says...

ideal opportunity to create affordable homes with provision for people who have been affected by the bedroom tax but in TORY Britain profit comes before people especially if it is garnered by said tax, an unfair playing field, charge someone for something they cannot do anything about, what a masterstroke! and this is the party who call the LIEBOUR Party the party of tax? all 3 mainstream parties are like the BIG6 energy companies, a cartel , of course, cartels are illegal in the EC, that's why the Tories want to get us out, divide and multiply and bully, intimidate..........
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"We have changed! no longer the nasty party! we are now electable!" another superb con by the Party of the Rich with LIEBOUR standing back as they cannot throw the stone as they have become completely divorced from the working class that helped them on, as for the TRAITOROUS, SLIMEY LIBDEMS.............
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we desperately need leadership who put the country before personal prestige and wealth, instead we have what we deserve!
ideal opportunity to create affordable homes with provision for people who have been affected by the bedroom tax but in TORY Britain profit comes before people especially if it is garnered by said tax, an unfair playing field, charge someone for something they cannot do anything about, what a masterstroke! and this is the party who call the LIEBOUR Party the party of tax? all 3 mainstream parties are like the BIG6 energy companies, a cartel , of course, cartels are illegal in the EC, that's why the Tories want to get us out, divide and multiply and bully, intimidate.......... .. "We have changed! no longer the nasty party! we are now electable!" another superb con by the Party of the Rich with LIEBOUR standing back as they cannot throw the stone as they have become completely divorced from the working class that helped them on, as for the TRAITOROUS, SLIMEY LIBDEMS............. .................... .................... ............. we desperately need leadership who put the country before personal prestige and wealth, instead we have what we deserve! oldbrock
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11:23am Sat 2 Aug 14

Douglas Mc says...

The West Dorset LP already provides for some 1000+ new homes in Chickerell of which 33% will be affordable. Not only does the Wessex proposal takes recreational land from Chickerell it may risk the delivery of the affordable homes already planned?
The West Dorset LP already provides for some 1000+ new homes in Chickerell of which 33% will be affordable. Not only does the Wessex proposal takes recreational land from Chickerell it may risk the delivery of the affordable homes already planned? Douglas Mc
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9:48am Sun 3 Aug 14

ksmain says...

oldbrock wrote:
ideal opportunity to create affordable homes with provision for people who have been affected by the bedroom tax but in TORY Britain profit comes before people especially if it is garnered by said tax, an unfair playing field, charge someone for something they cannot do anything about, what a masterstroke! and this is the party who call the LIEBOUR Party the party of tax? all 3 mainstream parties are like the BIG6 energy companies, a cartel , of course, cartels are illegal in the EC, that's why the Tories want to get us out, divide and multiply and bully, intimidate..........

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"We have changed! no longer the nasty party! we are now electable!" another superb con by the Party of the Rich with LIEBOUR standing back as they cannot throw the stone as they have become completely divorced from the working class that helped them on, as for the TRAITOROUS, SLIMEY LIBDEMS.............

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we desperately need leadership who put the country before personal prestige and wealth, instead we have what we deserve!
OK fine - but what do you regard as affordable? For someone on £20K salary a year the term 'affordable' will take on a different meaning to someone on £30K. I have yet to see anyone on this site, who moan about affordable housing, come up with an adequate description of what is affordable - and that probably is because there isn't one.

Trouble is we have a house-ownership culture in this country - more so than many other countries in Europe. This is dictated by the state of the market - over which governments have very little control even if they make policy on it. So, we generate an affordable housing system here - what about those of us who have, over many years, had to pay thousands into owning their own home? By creating affordable housing you WILL affect those people as it will affect property prices - try telling someone that has paid out over 25 years that the property they have shelled out £250K to own is now worth only £150K? Is that fair to them - try convincing them of that.

So therefore - the plan to create affordable housing is not as simple as you think. While I agree with the principle - it needs several years of combined policy and gradual reduction of house values to create a system fair to all I suspect.
[quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: ideal opportunity to create affordable homes with provision for people who have been affected by the bedroom tax but in TORY Britain profit comes before people especially if it is garnered by said tax, an unfair playing field, charge someone for something they cannot do anything about, what a masterstroke! and this is the party who call the LIEBOUR Party the party of tax? all 3 mainstream parties are like the BIG6 energy companies, a cartel , of course, cartels are illegal in the EC, that's why the Tories want to get us out, divide and multiply and bully, intimidate.......... .. "We have changed! no longer the nasty party! we are now electable!" another superb con by the Party of the Rich with LIEBOUR standing back as they cannot throw the stone as they have become completely divorced from the working class that helped them on, as for the TRAITOROUS, SLIMEY LIBDEMS............. .................... .................... ............. we desperately need leadership who put the country before personal prestige and wealth, instead we have what we deserve![/p][/quote]OK fine - but what do you regard as affordable? For someone on £20K salary a year the term 'affordable' will take on a different meaning to someone on £30K. I have yet to see anyone on this site, who moan about affordable housing, come up with an adequate description of what is affordable - and that probably is because there isn't one. Trouble is we have a house-ownership culture in this country - more so than many other countries in Europe. This is dictated by the state of the market - over which governments have very little control even if they make policy on it. So, we generate an affordable housing system here - what about those of us who have, over many years, had to pay thousands into owning their own home? By creating affordable housing you WILL affect those people as it will affect property prices - try telling someone that has paid out over 25 years that the property they have shelled out £250K to own is now worth only £150K? Is that fair to them - try convincing them of that. So therefore - the plan to create affordable housing is not as simple as you think. While I agree with the principle - it needs several years of combined policy and gradual reduction of house values to create a system fair to all I suspect. ksmain
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