Alongside the conservation area of Bradpole Village, and lying behind the Badgers Row Cottages, is a small area of land owned and managed by DORSET COUNCIL.
(Land Registry Title DT365766)
A wildlife site is being created in accordance with the planning obligations relating to the construction of the Badgers Row Cottages.
(planning approval 31/07/2007: Application No: 1/D/07/001656)
The planning objective being that following the development of the site the remaining area should be landscaped for the benefit of wildlife and the local community.
- To safeguard the badger population and enhance the habitat for them.
- To enhance the area for wildlife likely to use the site.
- To maintain/enhance the existing meadow/copse environment.
- A minimal maintenance system preventing disturbance to existing wildlife and a system that is sustainable in the long-term.
- To avoid formalised planting of garden or border shrubs not normally found in a meadow/copse environment.
This initially was to be the responsibility of the site developer.
So What’s Been Happening? (Latest news first)
February 2021 The Parish Council has once again reminded Dorset Council of their responsibility for the maintenance of this site.
20 November 2020 Dorset Council are undertaking a review of all of its assets using three principles to do this work:
- Use to create economic growth by creating new homes and jobs.
- Delivering a more integrated, customer focused services through joint provision with partner organisations.
- Generate efficiencies through capital receipts and reduced running costs.
“One of the ongoing aspirations of Dorset Council is to build on and improve the working relationship with Town and Parish Councils.”
Despite the expressed aspirations, and requests for information, Bradpole Councillors are yet to be advised of how this land is to be both managed and maintained by Dorset Council in line with planning obligations.
Following the entry here dated 17 August it is noted that this land has been added back to the website page “Public land and buildings map and lists” where it is simply described as 0.2001ha.
16 September Following complaints from residents about the neglected state of this Dorset Council owned land and the detrimental effect it has upon local amenity, together with potentially unsafe trees, fly tipping and brambles etc. growing across a public footpath Dorset Council Planning and Community Services replied: “I understand your concern but all the land needs is a bit of cutting the grass. This does not constitute a breach of planning and we are unable to take action for things like that.”
17th August Bradpole Council has noticed that this land has been removed from the Dorset Council website page “Public land and buildings map and lists” in recent days. What’s going on you may ask? Bradpole Council has not been told by Dorset Council Estates officers who continue to fail to provide information to the Parish Council on behalf of its residents.
14th August An elected Dorset Council ward member for Bridport has managed to achieve a response from Dorset Council but no clear way forwarded has yet been proposed. Consequently the following notice has been placed at the entrance to the site:
THIS LAND IS OWNED BY
Land Registry Reference DT365766
Bradpole Parish Council has made several requests, on behalf of residents, asking Dorset Council to respect and properly manage their land in accordance with their planning obligations ensuring that the land does not adversely affect the amenity of neighbouring properties.
Regrettably the Parish Council requests have, to date, been ignored.
Affected residents should contact:
Assets, Estates and Property, Dorset Council.
5 August Disappointing, but perhaps not surprising, that nobody from Dorset Council has responded to correspondence sent. Dorset Council has not had a normal full Council meeting since Nov 2019! Bradpole Council has referred the matter to the three elected Dorset Councillors for the Bridport Area.
16th July Again no response from Dorset Council Estates Dept. The Parish Clerk has again written and this time copied in the Head of Dept as well as the Cabinet Councillor who has the brief for Council “assets”.
Late June 2020 Yet again it is necessary for our Parish Clerk to remind Dorset Council to comply with their obligations at this site. It is possible for local authorities to issue a S215 notice to owners ordering sites to be tidied up for the benefit of the amenity of local residents. However the owners in this case are Dorset Council. Unfortunately, and as with earlier problems with the site developer, this is all taking a disproportionate and unnecessary amount of our Clerk ‘s time.
1st June 2020 With the COVID-19 Lockdown little has happened. To ensure that the untidy land does not have an adverse on the amenity of residents. Dorset Council have been written to reminding them of the need to maintain their site to an acceptable standard.
March 2020 A discussion between Bradpole Council and a member of the Dorset Council “in-house team” revealed that, after 3 months, no agreement had been reached between the relevant departments at Dorset Council who remain responsible for the maintenance and safety of this site.
December 2019 Dorset Council advise that, following suggestions made by Bradpole councillors, they are arranging for their in-house team to take on the landscaping project. This will now be undertaken in accordance with the original 2015 Plan which was agreed by the planning authorities.
Dorset Council is aware of the local residents wish for privacy and security.
Sept 2019 A further site meeting was held with Dorset Council, the landowners, as the area was once again overgrown. Bradpole councillors suggested that Dorset Council should carry out some routine maintenance, using their own in-house expertise, and also check the stability of the existing established trees.
Early 2019. Following the failure of the site developer to fulfil planning obligations Dorset Council takes back responsibility for work to commence initially to clear the site. The wildlife plan will take some time both to complete and to become established.
This wildlife area, once established, will have a direct link to the Parish Council owned wildlife corridor at The Gore. See Parish owned Green Spaces.
The site is registered at HM Land Registry under title no. DT 365766 where for a small fee (£6 in 2019) anyone can obtain details of the ownership, easements and a site plan.