The Calling-in Process
The Calling-in Process
"Calling-in" is the process, under Section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, whereby the Secretary of State decides on planning applications that give rise for example to substantial regional or national controversy or
may conflict with national policy on important matters.
Conflict with National Policy
As the site is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the following applies.
"Designation of areas as National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty does not preclude the use of land for sporting and recreational activities, but noisy or other intrusive activities should be restricted to locations where they will have minimal or no impact on residents or other recreational users. " and " In Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty local planning authorities should look to meet the demands for sporting and recreational activities where the proposals are consistent with the primary objective of conservation of the natural beauty of the landscape, and the needs of agriculture, forestry and other uses"
The major earth works that are required to form terracing and the resulting loss of contours together with the buildings will seriously detract from the natural beauty of the area. Floodlighting on this hilltop visible for miles around will certainly not conserve the natural beauty.
The site is not within the Defined Development Boundary (DDB) of the current Local Plan , nor is it included in the First Deposit stage of the Local Plan Review, the blue print for future development stretching 12 years ahead.
Substantial Regional Controversy
How to Request that this Application is Called-in.
Please write stating why you think the application should be called-in as soon as possible. Once the district council has made a decision the Calling-in process is inoperable. Please write to:
You can also email your request.
Head your letter :
CALLING-IN OF PLANNING APPLICATION
WEST DORSET DISTRICT COUNCIL
PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER: 1/W/2003/1670
THE STRAWBERRY FIELD, CHARMOUTH ROAD, LYME REGIS
DISCRIPTION: "MAKE CHANGE OF USE FROM AGRICULTURE TO SPORTS GROUND, CONSTRUCT 2 PITCHES, PLAY AREAS & EXTERNALLY ILLUMINATED MULTI USE GAMES AREA (MUGA), ERECT CLUBHOUSE & GROUNDS MAN'S SHED. FORM CAR PARKS, INSTALL SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT & MODIFY EXISTING VEHICULAR ACCESS".
At this stage the Secretary of State only requires reasons for the decision to be taken out of the hands of the district council. If called-in there will later be adequate time to put forward your reasons that the application should be rejected by the inspector.
Planning Officer's Report
View Documents at WDDC site
Email: johnrhodehill.co.uk if you have any comments.