Housing developments across West Dorset receive council backing

Three housing developments in West Dorset have been backed by councillors on West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee.


19 homes have been approved in Bridport as part of an enlarged cohousing development. Overall the scheme, which sits next to Bridport Community Hospital, will provide 53 custom built affordable homes. Once completed, the development will provide a mix of homes, ranging from one-bedroom flats to a four-bedroom home.


Wyatt Homes’ distinctly designed scheme of 41 homes on the western side of Puddletown has been backed by committee. The development includes both flats and houses and will range in size from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom homes. 35 per cent of the development will be set out as affordable housing, this will include a mix of affordable rent and ‘intermediate’ tenures such as shared ownership.


The detailed design elements of an 8- home development in Yetminster have been approved. The site, on land to the north of the village, received outline planning approval in 2016. Once completed the scheme will include an area of public open space and a new footpath linking the site to St Andrews C of E Primary School. Homes will range in sizes from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom houses and will include provision for 35 per cent affordable housing.

David Matthews, Burrington Estates Development Director, said: “We are delighted that members approved the reserved matters scheme at committee yesterday. The site, which will start in early 2019, will deliver much-needed economic and social benefit, open and affordable market housing and community infrastructure levy. We have enjoyed working proactively with both the planning authority and parish council, and we are confident that the Yetminster scheme will be a success.”

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s portfolio holder for planning, said: “I am pleased that the planning committee has approved these three large developments. Once completed they will make significant contributions to open market and affordable housing in the area, as well as boost our five-year land supply.”

Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s portfolio holder for housing, said: “It is great news that these developments have been approved. I am especially pleased that the innovative cohousing development in Bridport, which the district council has provided support to, has received formal backing.  I would like to congratulate the team at Bridport Cohousing for accomplishing this major goal.

“Once completed, these three developments will provide much-needed homes for our residents, a key element of our Opening Doors programme.

“As part of this programme, we have opened a Home Ownership register. This is already giving us real insight into the preferred type and location of housing wanted by residents. I would encourage anyone looking to own their own home to sign the register and provide us with even greater information.”

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