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

After a pre-application enquiry earlier this year, Morrish Homes intend to submit a planning application on the land Adj. Dukes Close for up to 17 new homes, with associated allotment gardens and open space. Our proposal, although not complete will be finalised after this virtual consultation, which is available to view and provide feedback from 29th November to 14th January. This will allow us to understand and appreciate the views of the public prior to completing our design and application process. Any proposal we submit will take into consideration the publics views and concerns, we are already aware and appreciate the sensitivity around drainage and flooding in the village. We have engaged with Wessex Water regarding this.

As a family owned company, we are here to ensure that our homes stand the scrutine of time, we will be ensuring the best quality materials are chosen, to integrate the proposed development into the villages natural setting. The use of slate, stone and clay tile are all within the remit of the proposed finishes.

We are already working with Sovereign Housing as our affordable housing partner to ensure the affordable homes we provide are to the correct standard and housing need for the village.

There are a number of high-level principles that we are working from and that we would like to share with you:

  • We believe that a relatively low-density housing development would be suitable for a site like this, at the edge of the village and adjacent to existing housing
  • There are considerable opportunities to maintain and strengthen hedges and trees around the site, for screening and biodiversity purposes
  • Vehicular, pedestrian and cycle access are to be taken from Burnside existing access point, with a compliant highways design
Martinstown Consultation Cottage
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