Plans confirmed for Shaftesbury homes
17 February 2022
Persimmon South Coast has confirmed its plans for 55 new homes in Shaftesbury, following planning consent by Dorset Council.
The development, on Higher Blandford Road, south of the A30, will include 17 properties designated as affordable homes for local people.
Sharon Eckford, land director for Persimmon South Coast, said: “We are pleased that our detailed plans for Saxon Grange have been approved, meaning we can start work on site in the next few weeks.
“Alongside much-needed new homes for local buyers, the site will incorporate areas of open space, pedestrian routes and cycle paths. The development will also include improvements to the local highway network.
“Much attention was given to the landscaping around the site, which will include a native hedge to the boundary of the site and the planting of trees to soften the appearance of the houses. We consulted Shaftesbury Town Council’s list of tree species to ensure our planting would reflect the range of trees elsewhere in the town.”
“A key feature of this development is that every house will have its own electric car charging and Solar PV infrastructure built in to enable residents to install EV charging points and solar panels if they wish.
The development – which sits less than a mile from the historic centre of Shaftesbury – will provide a range of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, carefully designed to blend in with nearby existing houses.
At the Dorset Council planning committee meeting to approve Persimmon’s proposals, the plans were commended for their imaginative use of the site to secure open views to Melbury Beacon and positive collaboration with council officers on the details.
At the meeting, Councillor Val Pothecary, chairman of Dorset Council, stated: “I particularly like the 30 percent affordable housing and actually I think the whole site is a very attractive design.”
“I’m reassured that the roads will be delivered to adoptable standards. I think the trees are a very welcome feature. I’m pleased with the recommendation for additional landscaping and the fitting for renewables, which is a nod to green energy.
Residents of Saxon Grange will also benefit from provisions being made by Persimmon in the neighbourhood to create outdoor recreational space and financial contributions towards local schools, transport and healthcare services.
Sharon Eckford added: “Our plans include homes to suit a range of buyers, from those looking to get onto the property ladder for the first time to families seeking more space.
“We hope to commence work on site in the Spring with the first homes expected to be released for sale later in the year.”
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