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THE WOOL PARISH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

POLICIES

The plan has 15 policies. Listed below is a high level description of each policy, the wording of the policy and where in the plan you can find more detail.

POLICY - WOOL 1New residential development form

High level description

When new houses are built, they must fit in with the look and feel of the area. They can’t be too tall or different from the existing houses. New developments should also provide space for gardens and parking.

Policy wording

Proposals for new residential development should demonstrate due regard to existing character of local areas in Wool Parish identified in Appendix B as expressed through proposed density, layouts, massing, plot arrangement to afford private space, car parking and other services, particularly in relation to waste storage. Proposals should demonstrate how they meet the following principles:

a) The height of new development should not be overbearing in relation to neighbouring development and should not result in significant changes of character currently based on low height development giving an open character, recognising that these can also achieve higher densities.

b) High densities should be delivered alongside the provision of private space to the front of dwellings and should be based on legible, understandable street patterns which afford private rear garden and living space which is not overlooked. Appendix B identifies parts of Wool where this is achieved.

c) New development form should respect topography to reduce the potential for impacts on existing neighbouring properties and address wider landscape considerations. New development should follow the approaches taken by previous developments identified in Appendix B, which respect topography within planned developments.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Sustainable Buildings and Good Design chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 2New development design and materials

High level description

New buildings should be made using good quality materials that last a long time. They should also be designed to look good and fit with the style of our community.

Policy wording

Proposals for new development should demonstrate the inclusion of details and use of materials on new buildings and boundary treatments which are of good quality and are durableility. This should be undertaken in accordance with the review of townscape character in Appendix A which sets out key positive and negative design detailing and materials present in Wool Parish, indicating priorities for the design and layout of future development.

 

More detail

More detail can be found in the Sustainable Buildings and Good Design chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 3Priority schemes and interventions to improve local environmental quality

High level description

We want to make certain areas in our community better, such as Wool village, Braytown and the level crossing.

Policy wording

Proposals which would improve Working with partners, Wool Parish Council will promote and support proposals and arrangements to improve facilities and buildings, surfacing, landscaping/planting, street furniture, boundary treatments, car parking, the local public realm in the following key locations will be supported:

a) Neighbourhood Centres in Wool Village, Braytown and Bovington.

b) Level Crossing, Wool Railway Station and its Environs.

c) Key pedestrian route along Dorchester Road.

d) The BT exchange on Station Road.

e) The D’Urberville Business Centre.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Sustainable Buildings and Good Design chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 4 Environmental Performance of Buildings

High level description

New and renovated buildings must be energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. We encourage designs and technology that reduce energy use, lower costs, and cut pollution.

Policy wording

New Buildings and alterations/extensions to existing buildings are expected to achieve high standards of environmental performance. This includes where possible in relation to listed buildings where positive support will be given to proposals within the existing framework of protection of heritage assets.

New development design in Wool should be future-proofed to support the achievement of lower carbon emissions, improved energy efficiency, better heat management and lower operating costs with new heating and energy generation technologies. 

Proposals for development which include the following measures will be supported:

a) Provide space within plots for heat pumps which should be positioned to ensure the amenity of occupants and neighbours is maintained.

b) Incorporate design features to maintain heat balance within buildings, avoiding external doors opening directly into living spaces.

c) Provide internal electrical and plumbing to specifications required for use with sustainable heating and energy generation technologies.

c) Incorporate roof top solar on new homes. 

d) Consider the potential for community energy schemes to provide heat and power to new developments.

 

e) Provide Electric Vehicle Chargepoints to serve the occupants of every new home and to serve the users of all non-domestic buildings.New Buildings and alterations/extensions to existing buildings are expected to achieve high standards of environmental performance.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Sustainable Buildings and Good Design​ chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 5 - Affordable Housing Tenure

High level description

New developments should provide homes which are as affordable as possible. Priority for the affordable homes should be given to local people, their families and people who work in the parish.

Policy wording

Affordable Housing provided in Wool Parish should be secured in a proportion of 40% from qualifying developments in accordance with strategic policies. Affordable housing should be tenure-split on the following basis to ensure that as many households as possible based in the parish can afford to access it.

First Homes provided as the first 25% of affordable housing should be made available with at the a maximum 50% discount in order to be affordable to local households. First Homes should be prioritised for people with a local connection.

Shared equity homes should form no more than 10% of affordable housing provision in Wool Parish. Equity stakes should be set at a 10% minimum.

Social Rent and Affordable Rent should form 65% of affordable housing provision through new development in Wool Parish. Social Rented homes should be provided in larger schemes to ensure that provision is made for lower quartile income households.

First Homes, shared equity homes, social rented and affordable rented homes should be prioritised for people with a local connection in the first instance. Criteria for demonstrating a local connection are set out below:

 

a) Residency in Wool Parish in 2 years or 3 years out of the last 5 years.

b) Close family continuous residency in Wool Parish (parents, siblings, non-dependent children) of 5 years evidenced.

 

c) Paid employment in Wool Parish of 16 hours per week average for minimum period of 1 year (including zero hours contracts). 

 

d) Offer of permanent employment to social tenant in Wool Parish of 16 hours per week average for period no less than 1 year (including zero hours contracts) and where it is unreasonable to travel from current social housing property.

 

]e) Location requirements - Any requirements detailed in a Section 106 Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and or a local lettings plan.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Housing Needs in Wool Parish chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 6 - Housing types and sizes in Wool Parish

High level description

Major housing projects should include houses of different sizes to cater to different family sizes including 1-bedroom properties to address affordability.

Policy wording

To meet housing needs as the population of the parish changes over the period to 2038, Major planning applications for new housing in Wool Parish should include balanced provision of 1 bedroom and 4+ bedroom dwellings alongside 2-3 Bedroom dwellings, to meet needs identified in the Wool Housing Needs Assessment.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Housing Needs in Wool Parish chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 7 - Burial Space Provision in Wool Parish

High level description

Addresses the need for more burial space.

Policy wording

To meet burial space requirements and provide spaces for cremation ash, applicants for major housing developments should include proposals to directly provide or make a financial contribution towards new burial space provision equivalent to 800 burial spaces and 800 cremation ash plots adjacent to existing churchyards and/or on a new cemetery site in Wool Parish. 

More detail

More detail can be found in the Community Infrastructure chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 8 - Protection of sites in local community use

High level description

We want to keep important places like community centres, play areas, and local shops. If a place such a local shop is going to be changed or closed, we want evidence that there’s a good reason for it.

Policy wording

Sites in Local Community Use (Use Class F2) will be retained and protected against loss unless equivalent or better provision is made to replace them to serve the local community.

 

Proposals for development away from F1 learning and non-residential institutionsuses  which provide facilities for wider community use, will not be supported unless suitable alternative provision exists or unless the facility is no longer required following a period of marketing for at least  9 months. The sites below provide important local community uses in Wool Parish.

 

a)    The D’Urberville Centre, Colliers Lane, Wool

b)    Wool playing field and skate park, Colliers Lane, Wool

c)    Kids of Wool, Colliers Lane, Wool

d)    Play area, Meadow Lane, Wool

e)    Play area, Purbeck Gate, Wool

f)      Play area, Burton Road, Wool

g)    East Burton Village Hall, Burton Road, East Burton

h)    Bovington Community Hall, King George V Road, Bovington

i)      Play area, Elles Road, Bovington

j)      Play area, Swinton Avenue, Bovington

k)     Skatepark and MUGA, Swinton Avenue, Bovington

l)      Bovington Store, King George V Road, Bovington

m)   Spar, High Street, Wool

n)    Central Store, Dorchester Road, Wool

o)    Wool Primary, Lulworth Road, Wool

p)    Bovington Academy, Bovington

 

Grocery Shops

Applications for applications for prior approval of Class MA development involving of changes of use away from local shops to housing via class MA permitted development should not normally be permitted if it would significantly harm the overall function and rolecarefully consider impacts on the Wool Conservation Area, highways impacts and  of on the local shopping facilities and centres withinservices within the Neighbourhood Area.

Where it is contended that there is no demand for a local shop to remain in this use, this should be supported by evidence of marketing over a period of at least 9 months, commencing with written notice provided to Wool Parish Council and Dorset Council.

Subject to clear evidence on a lack of demand, applications for change of use from grocery shops within Class F2 Local Community Use, where that use is a local shop smaller than 280 square metres, should not normally be permitted if it would result in a loss of provision that could not be met by another local shop within 1000m.

Applications for development to improve existing shops will be supported in principle.

 

New residential development within the Neighbourhood Area on sites larger than 1 hectare should be planned to promote walkable neighbourhoods and active travelnot normally be permitted. Lunless suitable local grocery shops should provision exists or will be provided within 800 metres of the whole of the development.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Community Infrastructure chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 9 - Priorities for new community infrastructure and services for Wool Parish

High level description

Major developments should consider how they impact our community services and include proposals to support improvements in key areas.

Policy wording

Proposals for major development should consider the impacts from development on community infrastructure and services in the parish and incorporate proposals to ensure these are maintained and where relevant, expanded.

Proposals which make contributions (though S106 Contributions or through unilateral undertakings, as appropriate) to secure the priority improvements to community infrastructure listed below will be supportedThe following are identified as priorities for investment and delivery to maintain and expand community infrastructure and services in Wool Parish:

 

a)    The creation of a play area near Cologne Road

b)    Improvements to the D’Urberville Centre including extra bookable space, improved accessibility, car park improvements, a drainage capacity increase, extra library space, enclosing the veranda and external public toilets. 

 

c)    Extended storage and parking at East Burton Village Hall

d)    A heating system for the Kids of Wool building.

e)    The creation of dedicated football pitches and changing facilities as an alternative to Wool playing fields. This could include athletics running track.

f)      The creation of a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) on Wool playing field.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Community Infrastructure chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 10 - Bus services for Wool Parish

High level description

Encourages the creation of new bus services that connect Bovington, Wool Station, and Dorchester.

Policy wording

To facilitate access to local employment and facilities for residents of the parish and to promote sustainable travel options for commuters, new major developments are encouraged to provide financial contributions towards the creation of a new local bus service and bus stops to connect Bovington to the Dorset Innovation Park via Wool Station and key community facilities in Wool. 

To facilitate access for employment, shopping, leisure and important services, proposals for bus services to provide direct connections from Wool to Dorchester will be strongly welcomed.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Travel and Transport in Wool Parish chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 11 - Improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure in Wool Parish

High level description

Making it safer and more enjoyable for walkers and cyclists. It highlights specific areas of need such as a more direct route between Bovington and Cologne Road.

 

Policy wording

Priorities for improvement of cycling infrastructure in Wool Parish are identified in Table 7. Specific improvements will be secured, where appropriate, as a condition of planning permission for new development, through financial contributions secured from new development, through the application of Community Infrastructure Levy and by securing commitments from Dorset Council to improve local cycling infrastructure.

The following pedestrian routes and facilities are priorities for improvement and will be supported:

The creation of an attractive pedestrian environment along the Dorchester Road from Braytown to Wool Railway Station.

Improve pedestrian crossing facilities across Colliers Lane at the Junction with Dorchester Road and ensure that new development results in maintained or improved safety for pedestrians at this crossing.

The creation of a direct pedestrian link suitable for all users between Cologne Road and Bovington Neighbourhood Centre.

 

Pedestrian crossing facilities on King George V Road at Bovington Neighbourhood Centre.

 

Improved pedestrian environment along main routes from Bovington to Wool Railway Station.

 

Introduction of a pavement on the Lulworth Road South of Duck Street to the edge of the Village.

 

Introduction of a pavement on Burton Road and East Burton Road.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Travel and Transport in Wool Parish chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 12 - Improvements to Wool Rail Station

High level description

Improving our local train station and its surroundings.

 

Policy wording

Wool Parish Council will work with the Friends of Wool Station and other partners to secure the improvements to Wool Station identified in Table 8 and support the environmental improvement of its environs as a key gateway to Wool. Applications that will help to improve Wool Railway Station in accordance with the priorities set out below will be supported:

The provision of more car parking spaces

The provision of spaces for carshare vehicles

The provision of Electric Vehicle charging spaces

The extension of the bike hire scheme. more bikes and potentially electric bikes

Any Improvements to traffic queueing to allow better vehicular access to the station

The provision of accessible toilets with longer opening hours

The ticket office opening hours should be extended

The provision of more shelter on the platforms

The provision of a community notice board

The provision of more CCTV and other initiatives to reduce antisocial behaviour

 

Optimisation of the level crossing to reduce the downtime of the barrier and reduce the number of mechanical breakdowns

More detail

More detail can be found in the Travel and Transport in Wool Parish chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 13 - Local Green Spaces

High level description

 

Designates certain areas as local green spaces, ensuring they’re protected and preserved for the community to enjoy.

 

Policy wording

The following sites, detailed in Appendix D, are designated as Local Green Spaces. Development of Local Green Space which is inappropriate, or which cannot demonstrate very special circumstances, will not be permitted. 

 

GS01 The Cross, Wool

GS02 East Burton Village Green

GS03 Millennium Square, Wool

More detail

More detail can be found in the Green Infrastructure chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 14 - Allotments for Wool Parish

High level description

 

Major housing developments should provide or fund allotments to support our community’s gardening needs.ity to enjoy.

 

Policy wording

Applications for Major residential development in Wool Parish which are not liable to pay Community Infrastructure Levy should include proposals to directly provide or fund allotments provision based on a standard of 20 plots per 1,000 households pro-rated to meet identified requirements.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Green Infrastructure chapter of the plan.

POLICY - WOOL 15 - Biodiversity Net Gain Opportunities for Wool Parish

High level description

 

When new developments happen, they should help increase biodiversity in our area. If that’s not possible on the development site, we should look nearby.

 

Policy wording

Development will only be supported where it would not lead to an adverse effect upon the integrity, either alone or in-combination, directly or indirectly, on European sites. New development should incorporate proposals to meet statutory requirements for bio-diversity net gain in full on land within Wool Parish to improve the local ecological network. Where this cannot be achieved within development sites or on land within the parish, then opportunities to establish off-site bio-diversity net gain should in the first instance be sought to improve ecological networks within close proximity to Wool Parish.

More detail

More detail can be found in the Green Infrastructure chapter of the plan.

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