Alongside the conservation area of Bradpole Village, lying behind the Badgers Row Cottages, is a small wildlife area owned and managed by DORSET COUNCIL.
The wildlife site is being created in accordance with the planning obligations relating to the construction of the Badgers Row Cottages.
Bradpole Council have, on a number of occasions, indicated that it has no current intention of seeking to take over ownership and management of the land from Dorset Council and thus placing the financial liability upon the council tax payers of Bradpole Civil Parish. Bradpole Council simply wishes to see this land satisfactorily managed by the landowner. This position was re-iterated and minuted by councillors at their August 2019 meeting. 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.
2015 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?
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 obligations Dorset Council arranged for work to commence to initially 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.