Broadmead Field Plans – Update

The following letter is being delivered to all houses in Broadmayne on behalf of the Parish Council.

On this version all the links to further information are active should you wish to follow them up.

Dear Resident,

Update on the proposed development of the land adjacent to Broadmead, and issues to think about now.

You are probably aware that Southern Strategic Land (SSL) is working on a planning application to build on the field alongside Broadmead.

SSL held an open consultation on 1st October which was attended by around 240 people. They have made the exhibited material from that day available on the internet at  However, we gather that, partly in response to feedback from that event, some of their plans are changing and we await the detail in the application.  Any updates provided to the Parish Council are reported in the minutes and published on this website. See the Parish Council tab and “Minutes” or, for the last set “Draft minutes”.

STOP PRESS – In the last few days we have learned that SSL intends to apply to have a temporary “haul road” across the field which would later become the “Country Park”, to give construction traffic access during the build phase without the need to drive through the village.

SSL is likely to make an “outline application” which means that many details will not be decided at this stage, such as the layout, the density, and the design of the development. However, if permission were granted, certain principles will be decided including the scale of the development, and probably any off site plans for roads, footways, etc..

Material planning considerations

Following is a list of factors that planners consider “material planning considerations” and a list of those that are not. We already know some of the concerns that have been expressed and would like to encourage you to think about your position on some of the major ones. For example:

  • The land in question is outside Broadmayne’s Development Boundary. Does this, in itself, concern you or not? To see the boundary follow this link: and select Broadmayne and West Knighton from the ‘select a settlement ‘ drop down menu.
  • Would the scale of the development (80-90 homes) have a significantly detrimental effect on the village or not? This could be in terms of visual amenity, residential amenity, effect on the environment.
  • Would the number of extra vehicular movements be problematic or not? SSL will have to convince Dorset Highways that they can mitigate problems of extra vehicles joining the A352 at the already problematic junctions.

There are many more aspects of this proposal and you may find the following information about applications useful:

Planning Portal re Outline applications:

Planning Portal re Material considerations (a fuller list):

The currently adopted Local Plan:


Material Planning Considerations Not Material
Visual amenity Property values
Residential amenity Loss of personal view
Traffic generation & Transportation Moral objections/applicant’s motives
Adequacy of parking/loading/turning Disruption during construction
Inadequate road access/highway safety
Increase to flood risk
Layout/density/design/visual appearance
Nature conservation/ecological habitats
Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
Dorset Council’s Local Plan


Implications for Broadmayne First School

The Parish Council has made contact with the Head Teacher of Broadmayne First School to discuss the implication of the proposed development on the school roll.  We understand that the school could accommodate more children now and in the future without restricting families within its defined catchment area.

What happens next?

Dorset Council, the Local Planning Authority, will make the decision on the application and will only consult on the plans after the application has been formally submitted.  Once the application is advertised and we can see what is being proposed, we will have only a limited time to respond and at that stage the Parish Council intends to circulate a questionnaire to all households in the village so that we hear as many views as possible to help us to formulate our response.  Of course, it will also be possible for individuals to respond directly to Dorset Council.  Some of you will have reasons to object to the plans and some will want to support the potential for affordable housing, but it is important that we hear from you all, whatever your views, to help us with formulating our eventual response.


Please save your comments for our questionnaire which will be circulated once an application has been submitted.

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