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Morrish Homes appreciates the difficulty in holding the consultation virtually for this proposed development in Winterbourne St Martin. We would like to thank the many residents and wider public that have engaged during the past six weeks. We do appreciate receiving all concerns, criticisms and feedback to our proposals. Please continue to monitor our website as we will continue to keep all who are interested in the progress of our proposals updated as we progress with a planning application.

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The Site

More homes are needed in Dorset. To decide where in the district new housing should come forward, Dorset Council are conducting a Local Plan review, issuing a Call for Sites in March 2021. A call for sites was opened for review in March of 2021 to determine new viable locations for future development.

Morrish Homes have submitted the land Adj. Dukes Close for consideration and would like the local community to be part of the process going forward. Your views and feedback are important and will help shape any proposals made.

This webpage aims to share information with you and provide opportunities to contact us. We encourage members of the public to get in touch, ask us any questions and share their ideas with us.

Martinstown Consultation Land


Development Site Location

The proposed site measures 3.82 acres (1.54 hectares) and is situated on land west of Dukes Close, to the south of Burnside, Martinstown. The site’s location is on the edge of Martinstown, where it adjoins the built-up areas to the east and would make any future housing development look like a natural extension of Martinstown.

To further protect the village from continued development from this proposal, Morrish Homes are offering allotment gardens, that will be gifted to the Parish Council to allocate to local residents. These allotment Gardens will be to the west of the development, creating a protected buffer between the development and the road to Hardys Monument.


Martinstown Consultation Land Drawing


Maintaining Distinctive Character

The site is well screened by banked hedgerows and matures trees. Existing vegetation would largely be retained and where possible strengthened, to encourage biodiversity and optimise screening. The existing field entrance will become the developments entrance with minimal impact visually to the setting and character of the surroundings.

The natural field boundaries will be left to enrich future ecology and the site will become enhanced with new vegetation and wildlife on the western side of the development with allotment gardens, attenuation pond and wildflower planting. Like most of the western end of the village the design of the properties will be in keeping with the local vernacular, offering stone, slate and clay tile finishing and a more rural feel than that of a modern development. With careful planning, new housing can be delivered whilst ensuring that rural areas keep their distinctive character. Existing local architecture will help inform the design of the proposed development.

Martinstown Consultation Houses Drawing

The Proposal

We believe that this site has the potential to make a positive contribution to housing delivery in Martinstown, responding to current housing need in the village and providing homes for local people starting their journey on the property ladder as well as families looking to stay or return to the village.

Planning Application

From our virtual public consultation, through November - January, and our engagement with local residents and their comments and concerns on the proposed development, we have now arrived at a point of outline application for submission.

The application, due for submission in March 2022 has been adapted from our pre-application response received from the local authority stakeholders and residents of Martinstown through our consultation process. It has seen an increase in the number of new homes proposed, which is up by one additional unit. We have enhanced the attenuation feature and created a more robust capacity along with substantial planting to enhance biodiversity. Other changes include; no street lighting proposed under the application, improved parking facilities, and a relocated position for the pedestrian link to burnside, which sees the access point much closer to Dukes Close and provides a level pedestrian access into the development without the need for steps.

The full application detail can be reviewed once the outline application has been registered at Dorset Councils website here, though you can see the site layout and landscape plans by clicking here. Feedback was received during our consultation process with local residents over concerns of the foul drainage system becoming overwhelmed, which was also highlighted as a historic issue. We have been in ongoing communication with Wessex Water and are aware of scheduled works that are due to commence this summer to rectify the degraded Winterbourne line. Our timeline on the update document within the consultation board link, notes our expectation, subject to acquiring planning permission that we will not be on site constructing until 2024, by this time, all works should have been completed and been in operation under various seasons and whether conditions.

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