Purbeck council opposed to 5000 home scheme backed by minister

A Dorset council has urged residents to fight a new housing development backed by a government minister.

Purbeck district council’s leader and leader of the opposition have united against the 5000 home scheme which has the support of communities minister Hazel Blears.

A public consultation on the scheme ends this week and the council will use the results to make its case to government.

Gary Suttle, council leader, said: “It is of particular concern that the villages of Lytchett Matravers and Lytchett Minster will be swamped by a major new development and that our green belt will be lost to concrete. Little consideration has been given to the special heathland conservation issues in the district that limit the ability to widen the road network to cater for the increase in population. This will result in further congestion on already heavily congested roads. We urge every resident of Purbeck to take part in Ms Blears’ consultation to try to persuade this government that we will not accept this serious threat to the future of Purbeck”.

David Budd, leader of the opposition at the council said: “The whole council is bitterly disappointed that the Secretary of State supports the building of these houses on the green belt and we will vigorously fight her proposal”.