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Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty protected

CPRE Purbeck and Poole objected strongly to a planning application to build 1,000 houses between Hill View Cemetery and Worgret Manor near Wareham, Dorset, because the development would increase the population of Wareham by 40%, add to traffic problems and add to occasional flooding in nearby areas...

In addition, the site is within the AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) and the proposed development would contravene the Purbeck local plan and the local Arne plan. The site was natural heathland until the last war and it has been suggested that such marginal farmland would be better reverted to heathland by English Nature or RSPB.

Arne Parish Council and Wareham Town Trust held three well-attended public meetings where members of the public were unanimous and vociferous in their objections. Letters of objection were received from four neighbouring Town Councils. Further objections were received from us, Wessex Water, the Environment Agency, English Nature, Dorset Wildlife Trust, RSPB and many others.

The developers withdrew their application prior to submission.