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23/08/2019

600-home plan submitted in Dorset

Words: Laura Edgar
Merley masterplan / Richborough Estates

A plan comprising 600 homes has been submitted to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

According to the plans, which were submitted by land promotion specialists Richborough Estates, 40 per cent of the homes will be affordable.

The homes would be built on a 113-acre housing site between Wimborne and Poole, alongside a 62-bed care home.

The types of housing will range from one-bed apartments to five-bed detached homes.

More than half of the site will be made up of retained and improved green space, with playgrounds and allotments outlined in the plans. Pedestrian and cycle routes will be established.

The site is located close to Oakley and Merley villages, which have local centres that provide education, transport, retail and health facilities.

Richborough Estates said the scheme is set to make a variety of contributions through a s.106 agreement to help fund improvements to local highways and parkland, schools, health services and public transport, and support for recreational use at the local harbour.

According to the Daily Echo, a protest was held in 2018 against the plans, while a meeting was attended by more than 200 people last month to discuss the proposal before they had been filed.

Robert Mitchell, senior regional manager (South Western region) at Richborough Estates, said: “Ultimately, we believe this application could have a major and positive impact on the social, economic and environmental fabric of the area. It could not only provide new housing, but also open up access to the river Stour which links the wider Stour Valley Initiative and a whole range of new parkland features throughout the site."

Image credit | Richborough Estates

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