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CPRE Green Belt campaign
With the 60th anniversary of the Green Belt becoming government policy on 3 August, CPRE is launching its Our Green Belt campaign, calling on the Government to:

be more specific on the limited circumstances in which Green Belt boundaries can be changed through local plans

call in or direct local authorities to refuse damaging developments in the Green Belt that are not identified in existing local or neighbourhood plans

target public funding, through organisations such as Natural England and Local Enterprise Partnerships, to increase the quality of and access to Green Belt.
We want to demonstrate to the Government why the public values the Green Belt so are asking people to submit their photos and stories of using the Green Belt to ourgreenbelt@cpre.org.uk. Do please send us yours.
Green Belt Campaigners Save Corfe Mullen Green Belt
Demonstration out side Downing Street lead by Tobias Ellwood MP and Annette Brooke MP in 2012

The district in Dorset most under treat from house building in the Green Belt is Christchurch and East Dorset. The Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy was formally adopted by East Dorset District Council on 28th April 2014. Total new  build in next 13 years:


In urban areas they have identified the following capacity:

CHRISTCHURCH: 2250        


Not sufficient so land removed from the Green Belt:



Total new build in next 13 years:



There is yet another Consultation. Christchurch and East Dorset District Council are to begin work on Part 2 of their joint Local Plan. Part 1, the Core Strategy, was adopted in April 2014. Part 2 of the Local Plan will build upon the general development strategy and major Green Belt allocations set out in the Core Strategy. It will contain detailed Development Management policies for certain forms of development, as well as smaller allocations and designations in existing urban areas, or in some cases rural areas. This document will add the detail to the policies in Part 1. It could generate some Supplementary Planning Documents.

Although it may allocate sites for housing, employment, green spaces and mixed development sites, they should all be small scale, sites have been allocated for those listed in Part 1. Some new sites may be submitted as part of the scoping for the Local Plan Part 2, but others will come forward from the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment. Topics to develop further include the Green Belt, the Natural Environment, the Built Environment and Housing. All of these topics have been dealt with in the Core Strategy but they need some ‘meat on the bones’.

Useful links:

June 2015 CPRE report
Enhancing local authority powers can rebalance housebuilding sector. The paper, Getting houses built, argues that the focus on profitability within the current housebuilding sector, dominated by a small number of volume builders, is dictating supply but not meeting need.   

July 2015 report: Rural areas must have special treatment to tackle housing crisis: http://ow.ly/PgAjs. The new paper argues that the special characteristics of rural areas need to be recognised in Government housing policies, such as in the new Right to Buy proposal.

What’s in a View, article written by   S. Keene.

The latest news and updates on the campaign to save Corfe Mullen's Green Belt!

The latest news from The Campaign to keep Wimborne Green.

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PLANS to build up to 650 new homes in Wimborne on what was until very recently protected green belt.

The proposed outline planning application for the urban extension to the East and West of Cranborne Road, north of Wimborne, was approved in June 2015. It was never going to be turned down as the Green Belt boundary had been redrawn, and the principle of this development was approved with the adoption of the Core strategy in 2014. The most Dorset CPRE could have hoped for was a modification to reduce its size. Unfortunately it was approved with up to 650 houses despite the flood risk to old Wimborne town, and all the other implications for old Wimborne.

Only one member, Cllr David Packer, voted against the application on the grounds of only 32% affordable housing.