West Parley residents protest against green belt homes proposal

  • 22 June 2012
  • From the section Dorset
West Parley residents march
Image caption West Parley Residents Association said 86% of its members objected to the plans

Residents from a Dorset village have staged a protest against plans for 500 new homes on local green belt land.

About 100 West Parley campaigners marched to East Dorset District Council to hand in letters of objection.

Protestor Richard Heaslip said "plans to invade the green belt fly in the face of Government policy".

District council chief executive David McIntosh said objections handed in would be "taken into account" and that a public consultation was ongoing.

'Sound evidence'

Mr Heaslip, chair of West Parley parish council, said the 500-homes plan would "increase the number of houses in the village by an unsustainable 32%" and that the village would lose "its green belt boundary fields which separate it from Bournemouth".

He added the district council has treated residents and its MP "as if they didn't exist and didn't count".

Mr McIntosh said "all of the proposals for the district are based on sound evidence relating to housing needs, transport assessments and shopping studies as well as environmental and open space assessments".

He added the community had "been involved in the process for several years".

The public consultation ends on 25 June.

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