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ADVEARSE proceeds towards a judicial review

Vearse Farm, Bridport, Dorset Vearse Farm, Bridport, Dorset

17th June 2019

ADVEARSE are raising funds for a judicial review. Vearse Farm is set to be the biggest development ever to be built on AONB land.

June update: Judicial review to go ahead! After much deliberation with their lawyers, ADVEARSE have decided to go ahead with the judicial review (JR) to challenge the outline planning permission for the Bridport urban extension on area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) land at Vearse Farm. The remaining target of £16,000 has also just been raised.

ADVEARSE are raising funds for a judicial review against West Dorset District Council’s consent to allow 760 houses (plus industrial development and other mixed use – and up to 930 houses planned) to be built on Vearse Farm, in the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), just outside Bridport. The planning committee has completely ignored the overwhelming opposition of local people to the urban extension of Bridport's historic little market town. If you love the Dorset countryside and want to stop developers from destroying it forever - please give to the ADVEARSE Crowdfunder raising funds for a judicial review to stop the biggest EVER destruction of AONB land. 

Biggest development on AONB land
Vearse Farm is set to be the biggest development ever to be built on AONB land and, if it goes ahead, it will effectively destroy all AONB protection and make it OK for all our countryside to be concreted over.  However, if the ADVEARSE judicial review is successful it will set a helpful legal precedent that can be applied all over the country.
This is one of the reasons why Dorset CPRE is match funding the Judicial Review application up to a maximum of £10,000. ADVEARSE now has just six weeks to raise the remaining £16,000, to reach the £34,000 target, to challenge the Dorset Council’s decision in court. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. 

Barry Bates, Chairman of ADVEARSE, says: ‘Local people are angry because their concerns about traffic and the strain on our infrastructure and medical and care services have been ignored by the council; and because despite the gross oversupply of expensive houses the council plans to build all over the West Dorset countryside, it admits it will still fail to provide the affordable housing needed by local families.’ More information can be found on

How to donate to ADVEARSE
Online:  Using Crowdfunder
Cheques: Payable to ‘ADVEARSE’ and sent to 10 West Mead, West Allington, Bridport DT6 5RU. 
Bank account:
Or direct to Co-operative Bank, Account name: ADVEARSE, Account no: 65729588, Sort code: 08-92-99.

Please include your name, address and email or telephone No. on the reverse of your cheque, or give your name and email as your electronic transaction reference. 

Please also send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let them know about your donation.  All donations will be acknowledged, wherever possible.

Thank you for your support.


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