Nylo Homes Limited wanted to build 23 new homes on a 1.2-hectare triangle of paddock land by Enmore Court and New Road, Shaftesbury. However, their application (submitted in May 2018) was rejected within two weeks.
Nylo Homes appealed the decision, but inspectors rejected the appeal in December 2019.
Since then, Nylo Homes has submitted a new application for 23 “affordable” houses on the same land on Enmore Court and New Road to Dorset Council in May 2020.
The new proposal has been rejected by the council and residents, who argued the houses would be built on quicksand, will have a significant impact on wildlife and will harm the beauty of the location.
You cannot build affordable housing on quicksand – it’s completely barking.
The land is running greensand – it is quicksand – if you try building anything it would disappear down into a mixture of sand and water.
This is immediately opposite the conservation area, and therefore the impact on the conservation area is something that the planning system should take into account. This sort of development is just totally unsuited.Councillor Phil Proctor
Charlotte MacKay, member of Shaftesbury Civic Society and the Campaign to Protect Rural England voiced her concerns to the council, too. Stating that:
This application in our opinion is a complete waste of public funds and everyone’s time.
It will harm the character and appearance of the area, in particular the Northern Scarp slopes, it would not be a sustainable development and it would conflict with policies for the protection of the conservation, natural beauty and local character of the area.
This application is a disgrace and a real threat to our sweet hilltop town, we are now on a mission to preserve this area for future generations.Charlotte MacKay
Following discussions, 4 of 5 councillors voted to reject the plans, referencing the same reasons provided by Dorset Council in 2018.
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