Residents to have their say on major housing estate in Sherborne

Sherborne residents will be able to have their say next month on the future of a major housing development in the town.

Persimmon Homes South West is in the process of building 279 homes at the Barton Farm site in the north of the town.

As part of the construction process, Sherborne is currently being subjected to 42 weeks’ worth of roadworks to create a new access road from the new houses onto the A30.

Now a public meeting has been called by the town council, at the request of local residents, to discuss the shape which the remaining phases of the Corelli development may take.

Persimmon secured planning permission for phase two – comprising 58 homes – earlier this year, but will have to submit separate applications for phases three and four.

Town clerk Trevor Savage said: “The council, at the request of residents, has invited representatives of Persimmon Homes South West to present an accurate plan for the development, showing what’s planned for the remainder of the site – including layouts, types of house, and timings up to and including final vacation of the development.

“Plans will be on display and representatives will present the proposals and respond to residents’ questions.”

In related news, Bradfords Building Supplies’ Sherborne branch has refused to confirm when it is intending to move onto its new site within the Barton Farm estate.

Planning permission for its new Sherborne base was granted in November 2016, but the development’s employment land cannot be unlocked until the access road has been completed.

This means that Bradfords will not vacate its current base on Digby Road until the summer of 2018 at the earliest.

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Group property manager Mark Watson said: “It is conditional on the junction being completed, and we are keen to develop the opportunity.”

The public meeting will take place at the Digby Hall on Hound Street on Monday, October 9 between 6pm and 8pm.

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