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New milestone for Vearse Farm

A new milestone has been reached in the Vearse Farm development on the edge of Bridport.

Outline planning permission has been formally granted after a Section 106 agreement for local infrastructure and community benefits was signed.

The plans for Vearse Farm include up to 760 homes, affordable housing, a 60 unit care home, four  hectares of land for employment use, a new primary school, financial contributions for the Bridport’s leisure and medical centre, and improvement works at the Miles Cross junction. There will also be public open space, allotments, pedestrian and cycle links.

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A reserved matters planning application setting out the scheme in more detail will be submitted to progress the development.

Conditions for the application include the development being built in phases over a number of years.

Matthew Piles, who is Dorset Council corporate director for economic growth and infrastructure, said: “The final outline planning approval for Vearse Farm has been confirmed following the signing of a Section 106 agreement.

“This agreement provides significant infrastructure and community benefits, including affordable housing, a new primary school, financial contributions for the town’s leisure and medical centres, and improvement works at the Miles Cross junction.

“It was agreed between the council and applicant in strict accordance with our procedures, in the same way as any other planning application.

“The Vearse Farm site was designated for development in the West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Local Plan in 2015, and this allocation was upheld by a planning inspector following a public inquiry into the Local Plan.”

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