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West Stafford




West Stafford, Dorset


Proposals for a small self-contained residential development


LVA are promoting a 1-acre site, on the eastern edge of the village of West Stafford in West Dorset. The village lies approximately two miles to the east of Dorchester, within good proximity to a range of services, facilities and mainline railway stations.
Following pre-application discussions with the Council, an outline planning application for the erection of ten houses with associated parking, garages and landscaping was submitted in January 2017. As part of the proposals, three of the houses will be offered as ‘self-build’ plots for purchase by people wishing to build their own home. A further three will be affordable homes.
The application was refused in February 2018 on policy grounds which do not support new houses in smaller settlements.
However, the Council is not able to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply. We will argue that suitable development should be allowed in such villages to provide a balance to new housing supply.
LVA has appealed the decision.