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Paddock Project, Sherborne, planning application

13th December 2018

The planning Application for the Paddock Project WD/D/18/002619 has now been filed and Sherborne residents have till 23rd December to comment, object or approve.

On Monday 3rd December the Application was debated at the Planning Committee of Sherborne Town Council. They did not object to the Application but made some strong reservations. We, -the Committee of the Sherborne Society- have also been through the Application and we have unanimously decided to object.

We want to emphasise that this is not about spurning the generosity of Dorset County Council –DCC- in gifting the land for an arts centre. This was nearly 10 years ago but there was a failure to ensure ongoing management by a local Community Trust. It isn’t about denying the generosity of a local resident, Mike Cannon, in now promising indirect funding for the Project as well as indirectly purchasing Sherborne House. We feel passionately that the Paddock Project is the wrong building, in the wrong place and hence a waste of resources. It needlessly destroys Paddock Gardens and is based on delusional visitor projections. We maintain that DCC’s generosity would be best crystallised in an alternative use for the land, as say, a garden extension and sculpture park. In addition the benefactor’s generosity would be better focussed on Sherborne House to make a Gallery, access to the staircase and a centre there. This would be a lasting legacy which would be recognised both locally and nationally.
How to comment on the application:
By writing to: James Lytton-Travers, Case Officer  
West Dorset District Council,
South walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ 

We have sent a letter objecting to the Application - please see link to letter below. 

Online: If you want to comment online please visit the West Dorset District Council's planning website by selecting this link WD/D/18/002619.

By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,

John Newman

Chairman, The Sherborne and District Society


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