News - Parley Court Flooding Concerns - Bournemouth

NEW - 1st December 2009 // LAST UPDATED - 22nd June 2015

Parley Court, River Stour Flooding Concerns - Bournemouth

E-mails regarding flooding concerns on Parley Court and the River Stour in Muscliff, Bournemouth, Dorset

UPDATED - Monday, 22nd June 2015

Email Reply from Ron Whittaker
19th June 2015
RE: LDF and Cabinet paper on Minerals site Parley Court

Mark.

Thank you for the update, Dorset County Council have taken all aspects of our objections original into identifying their summary, pity this has taken them so long to do. Even if owners do put forward long term for an application the planning grounds now are quite substantial for any refusal.

Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Mark Axford, Planning Policy Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council to Ron Whittaker
19th June 2015
RE: LDF and Cabinet paper on Minerals site Parley Court

Hello Ron,

Yes good news that it won't be progressed at this stage. Dorset County Council have in summary identified nature conservation, flooding, hydrology, amenity and access as issues and that other sites at this time are considered to be more suitable for supplying gravel. Although, as I expressed at the Local Development Framework Supplementary Guidance this morning, it does mean to say that the owner can't put forward the site as part of the plan making process or as a planning application.

Regards,
Mark Axford,
Planning Policy Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council

Email from Ron Whittaker to Mark Axford, Planning Policy Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council
19th June 2015
FW: LDF and Cabinet paper on Minerals site Parley Court

Mark.

As you have played a major part in the plan and trust today the panel paid detail to my email more so my question as after seven long years that Dorset County Council made the decision not to progress the scheme. What made them make the decision when we have been arguing for such a decision over the past years.

Myself will be at cabinet on Monday to see this through.

Ron Whittaker

UPDATED - Thursday, 18th June 2015

Email from Ron Whittaker to Jill Holyoake, Democratic and Overview and Scrutiny Officer, Bournemouth Council
17th June 2015
LDF and Cabinet paper on Minerals site Parley Court

Dear Jill.

Thank you for the report going to Local Development Framework and Cabinet on Monday to do with the very controversial Parley Court [phase 3] sand and gravel extraction, would please request my email / comments are made available to member and please minuted as such.

As a long serving member on the former Local Development Framework and having undertaken many emails from 2008 when the first Minerals site allocation discussion paper [document] was made available, since then we have had numerous ongoing consultation as all stages we have sought to get Parley Court removed which is located north of the river and any such works would have been extremely visable to all who enjoy this part of our lovely river side, that is why my thanks go to all in LDF including at LDF and support of Council when making written representations to Dorset County Council regarding objects and the damage such an application would have on the nature reserve/ecology/amenites and it was at the December 2013 that out two representatives, David Kelsey and David Smith with Mark Axford presented giving strong evidence base to have in a future summary the very issues why this proposal should never reach a planning stage.

THAT IS WHY I was so pleased to see the paper that at long last has FOUR SIMPLE WORDS "MINERALS SITE NOT PROGRESS". Taken some seven years to get that message out there.

A significant landscape impact would have clearly have resulted if any granting for sand and gravel extraction as much of the existing land is well known to be within the flood plain and plenty of photographs taken shown over the years the flood water had been passed on to Dorset County Council.

ONE QUESTION must be what made that decision by Dorset County Council to not to progress the site. We were again expecting in the summer another round of consultation so the news will be welcome by all who love the peace of the Stour.

Having retained many reports from Dorset County Council and evidence past reports / letters and over some 50 separate emails from myself and yes helpful comments from Environment Agency.

Could say so much more but think this covers much of how I feel about the lovely Stour Valley.

Thank You,
Ron Whittaker [former member]
Hon Freeman, sounds nice.

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework - Consultation Timetable - Parley Court

UPDATED - 20th October 2014

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
16th October 2014
RE: Important information about the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework - Consultation Deferred until summer 2015

Mark.

Am I surprised by yet any delay by members for Dorset, how many more so called consultations are needed before a decision is reached in our case on PARLEY COURT PHASE 3, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE RIVER STOUR. We went through a costly consultation exercise in Muscliff last January 2014, [like other sites in Dorset].

Bournemouth Council has, as we know, made our views perfectly clear to the damage such likely extraction would have to the Stour Valley river, on Ecology/Landscape/Historic/Environment/Traffic, here more to do with east Dorset [Water/Amenity and as pointed out by THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY THAT MUCH OF THE SITE AREA LIES WITHIN THE FUNCTIONAL FLOODPLAIN OF THE RIVER STOUR. These are just a few of our MANY CONCERNS.

This has now been going on for 6 YEARS, since the original discussion paper. 6 LONG YEARS.

Now told again further public consultation in late Spring/early Summer 2015, and yes then we are TOLD "given the controversial nature of sites would be a sensitive time for Councillors involved in local elections".

Residents living in Muscliff south of the river have seen the results of high water levels/flooding over the past year, where we have this year undertaken costly bank stabilisation bank works and repairs to the Stour path and new boardwalk right opposite to this site. See here.

Mark I hope all of this was spelt out by our members to Dorset County Council. Frankly cannot believe with all the sound reason of objects Parley Court remains within this plan and with the possibility of proposed restoration of the site after life operation.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Mark Axford, Planning Policy Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council to Bournemouth Councillors
16th October 2014
FW: Important information about the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework - Consultation Deferred until summer 2015

Dear Councillor,

Please find attached and in the email below information that explains the progress made with Minerals Site and Waste planning. If you have any queries please contact me or the officers in Dorset County Council as referenced below.

Regards,
Mark Axford,
Planning Policy Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council

E-mail from Emma Macdonald, Senior Planning Officer, Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Dorset County Council to County Councillors
15th October 2014
Important information about the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework - Consultation Deferred until summer 2015

Dear Member

During July we wrote to you with an update you on the progress being made on the Waste Plan and the Mineral Sites Plan.

We informed Members that informal engagement would be undertaken on waste site options with parish and town councils and other groups in areas where new facilities are required. We also said that further information and survey work was being sought from mineral site promoters in order to address issues for each site.

Although this letter did not commit us to a consultation date, we were aiming for a further public consultation in early 2015, subject to Member approval. This is the timeframe set out in the current Development Scheme and what we have been advising consultees through our discussions.

The next stage of consultation on both the Mineral Sites Plan and the Waste Plan will include site options. Given the controversial nature of minerals and waste sites the consultation would be at a sensitive time for councillors involved in local elections (not Dorset County Council, but all of Poole and Bournemouth as well as district elections for Dorset County Council members). There are also other programming issues which we need to take account of, including some additional sites that have been nominated to us which will require further assessment before we are able to consult on them. For these reasons the decision has been taken to postpone the consultation until late spring/early summer 2015. The aim will be for the two consultation documents to be considered by the relevant Committees, of the three authorities, as soon as possible after the elections.

Kind regards,
Emma Macdonald,
Senior Planning Officer, Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Dorset County Council

UPDATED - 25th July 2014

E-mail from Mark Axford, Planning Policy Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
24th July 2014
RE: Modifications to the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Strategy

Hello Cllr Whittaker,

Still early days with identifying the final minerals sites, Dorset County Council are going through the reps made on the previous consultation, I understand they are to liaise with the potential site operators, Raymond Brown, to discuss issues raised in that consultation. I have said to the Dorset County Council mineral's planners that I want to be involved at that stage so I can voice the concerns Bournemouth Borough Council has already raised. The next work streams will include sustainability appraisal, habitat regs assessment and landscape assessment, I intend to be engaged in the drafting of these in respect of Parley Court.

Regards,
Mark Axford,
Principal Planning Policy Officer, Planning Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council

UPDATED - 31st January 2014

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Mineral Sites Plan - Parley Court Site Information

Site Assessment and FAQ's

UPDATED - 13th January 2014

Letter to Bournemouth Daily Echo

Sir.

In 2008 when the minerals site allocation document was produced for public consultation by the three joint authorities it produced much detailed discussion regarding Parley Court Farm which is located north of the Stour River [see plan below] with the residential area of Muscliff on the south, this plan 71 has talks of Sand / Gravel Extraction over a period of some 12 years the impact on the Stour we believe could be enormous in terms of Ecology/landscape environment/traffic which it would affect Parley area/Water/Amenity. And now added by the massive flooding issues one can see across the field at Parley Court Farm.

In July 2012 the Bournemouth cabinet then gave support to their concerns due to a number of matters none more so to the impacts on the river banks of Stour. At meeting in Dorchester the Bournemouth Representatives sought here to amend the site summary to make it very clear the approval would impact on protected species in river. Stour footpath and open space, through January public Exhibitions are to be held, in our case MUSCLIFF COMMUNITY CENTRE on WEDNESDAY 29TH JAN 1500hrs-1900hrs, where details of the pending Minerals site plan will be on show, PLEASE ATTEND and fill out your comments, also details are to be provided at locations around the Stour valley.

Cllr Ron Whittaker,
Throop / Muscliff ward.
Glenmeadows Drive, Kinson, Bournemouth, BHI0 5HQ

Photographs - Flooding of River Stour at Parley Court Farm

Looking over Parley Court Farm from Redhill and Muscliff Side of River January 2014 - Bournemouth 1
Looking over Parley Court Farm from Redhill and Muscliff Side of River January 2014 - Bournemouth 2
Looking over Parley Court Farm from Redhill and Muscliff Side of River January 2014 - Bournemouth 3
View over Parley Court Farm December 2013 - Bournemouth 1
View over Parley Court Farm December 2013 - Bournemouth 2
UPDATED - 18th December 2013

Residents we ask as many please to turn out for the public Exhibition on Wednesday, 29th January 2014, at the Muscliff Community Centre, 1500 hrs-1900 hrs, to see the plans put forward by Parley Court Farm for Gravel/Sand extraction a site of some 71 ha, the details are shown here including site plan, Bournemouth has put forward its concerns as both Cllr Anne and myself including and our Area Forum, as such could have serious issues on Ecology/Landscape/Historic Environment/Traffic/Water/Amenity/.

Please make your views known.

As both Cllr Anne and myself have done, thank you.

Email: wdf@dorsetcc.gov.uk - www.dorsetforyou.com/mwdf

UPDATED - 25th November 2013

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
23rd November 2013
RE: Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals and Waste Planning Consultations - Coming Soon

Emma.

Since the original minerals site allocation document-discussion paper of 2008, one has written dozens of emails and sent to Dorset a number of evidence base photos showing that Parley Court farm is within the flood plain, was informed by previous officers and Mike Garrity last year 2012 that ALL RECORED documentation is held on file.

In July 2012 Bournemouth Council Cabinet supported my calls regarding our endless ongoing concerns or should I say fears regarding any possibility of allowing Gravel Extractions at Parley Court farm. Yes I know the argument that Dorset County Council continue here to use is one that we have been told over past 5 years that "this site has been flagged up as having potential in the MSAD discussion paper, which as we know was then all in the then discussion paper/document of 2008 where all then put forward many reasons for this site to be taken out.

So here we are again going through another costly period of paper work / consultation till it come out of our ears where in Bournemouth's case all the evidence has been provided in the trail of documents / photo evidence as to the DAMAGE ANY BUNDING will do to the river side PLUS in 2009 your officers confirmed officers "highlighted that bunds could not be created in a flood pain area", with such the massive water flow that we see at time of the year would end up on putting our riverside banks and residential properties at serious risk of bank collapses which one can see NOW by walking the Stour river path through the Muscliff ward section, where work has been approved by the environment-agency for stabilising section of the bank.

You make reference to the draft exhibition timetable, that one at Muscliff Community Centre 29th Jan 2014, know we will ensure a good turnout.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Photos of the Parley Court Flooding

Parley Court, River Stour Flooding Concerns July 2012 - Bournemouth 1
Parley Court, River Stour Flooding Concerns July 2012 - Bournemouth 2
Parley Court, River Stour Flooding Concerns July 2012 - Bournemouth 3

Plans

E-mail Reply from Emma Macdonald, Senior Planning Officer, Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Dorset County Council
21st November 2013
RE: Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals and Waste Planning Consultations - Coming Soon

Dear Mr Deller

Thank you for your email, Parley Court is included in the consultation document which, subject to Member approval, will be made available for public consultation. We are at an early stage and this site is being considered along with many others.

Best Regards,
Emma Macdonald,
Senior Planning Officer, Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Dorset County Council

E-mail Reply from TMSTH Area Forum
21st November 2013
RE: Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals and Waste Planning Consultations - Coming Soon

Dear Emma,

Thank you for this.

Please can you confirm if this means therefore that Parley Court is one of the possible sites?

Kind regards,
Mr Les Deller

E-mail from Emma Macdonald, Senior Planning Officer, Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Dorset County Council to TMSTH Area Forum
21st November 2013
Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals and Waste Planning Consultations - Coming Soon

Throop Muscliffe Strouden Townsend and Holdenhurst Area Forum

Subject to the approval of our Joint Advisory Committee who will meet on the 6 December 2013, we will be undertaking a public consultation on two emerging planning documents between the 19 December and 13 February 2014.

  • the Minerals Sites Plan, for which a total of 44 sites nominated to the Mineral Planning Authority have been assessed against a range of criteria; and
  • the Waste Plan, for which an Issues Paper has been prepared. This sets out the anticipated needs for waste management facilities up to 2030 and invites views on a range of issues.

The purpose of this email is firstly, to provide you with advanced notice of this consultation period. Secondly, we would like to ask for your assistance to publicise a the planning exhibitions that we are arranging for January 2014. These exhibitions will be arranged primarily for the areas where minerals sites are proposed and where there are identified needs for waste facilities. They will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to talk to officers about the sites. See below draft timetable but note this is subject to change, please contact me for further details.

If you have a parish newsletter we would like to include a short article about the consultation documents and provide details of local exhibition dates and venues. At the start of the consultation I will write again to provide further details of the consultation and availability of the document. We will also send a poster and would be grateful if you could put this up in an appropriate location(s).

Also, please let me know if your parish council uses other methods to communicate with residents such as website, facebook or twitter.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,
Emma Macdonald,
Senior Planning Officer, Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Dorset County Council

DRAFT EXHIBITION TIMETABLE

Burton Green United Reformed Church Hall - Wednesday 8th Jan - 3pm-7pm

Portland Tesco - Thursday 9th Jan - 3pm-7pm

Wareham Corn Exchange - Monday 13th Jan - 3pm-7pm

Dorchester Library - Tuesday 14th Jan - 12pm-4pm

Crossways Village Hall - Wednesday 15th - 3pm-7pm

Verwood Memorial Hall (Main Hall) - Thursday 16th Jan - 3pm-7pm

Hurn Bridge Sports Club - Tuesday 21th Jan - 3pm-7pm

Langton Matravers Village Hall - Wednesday 22th Jan - 3pm-7pm

Sherborne - Digby Memorial Hall - Thursday 23th Jan - 9am-11.15am

Poole Library - Monday 27th Jan - 11am-3pm

Muscliffe Community Centre - Wednesday 29th Jan - 3pm-7pm

Shaftesbury Council Chamber - Thursday 30th Jan - 10-12pm

UPDATED - 26th July 2013

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
26th July 2013
RE: Modifications to the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Strategy

Mark.

Thanks for getting back and our conversation earlier on, as we know this has been going on for over six years, [2008], with also many photos taken showing the massive amount of flood water spreading well over Parley Court.

As we know the council has made representation to Dorset County Council in May 2012 to any thought being given for such a massive programme of some 1.3 million tonnes as then presented in 2008 which would have an increase risk of flooding and an impact on the archaeology of the Stour and damage to the river banks, not my words but what was then said in the 2008 document.

So we now have again to wait a further year before further yet again public consultation, all of this being carried out in 2008/9.

Have copied in Katherine Burt who was then the officer from the Environment Agency, over the past years most officers at County have retired, so not sure as to who one now leads on this at County Hall, but am copying in County as how long before one can see this very damaging mineral plan if even implemented would cause to not only the Stour area but traffic movements on Parley lane which were in 2008 shown then as 63 movements daily.

But it will be the damage to the residential areas of Muscliff/Redhill to the south. PLUS damage to the existing north by BUNDS to prevent flooding, so where then does that water go!!

Trust that the Environment Agency are still on board with objects. Have copied in the relevant chair of Environment, Cllr Mark for his info, plus leader.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Mark Axford, Principal Planning Policy Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
26th July 2013
RE: Modifications to the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Strategy

Dear Councillor Whittaker,

We received a draft copy of the proposed modifications from Dorset County Council a couple of weeks ago asking for Portfolio holder agreement that they could be published. Having read through the modifications we could see nothing that caused any concern. As this is the overarching Minerals Strategy and very much broad brush criteria based policies it does not identify specific sites. The minerals site identification work is however ongoing and it is anticipated a Minerals Site Plan will be published for public consultation in 'early 2014', followed by a public examination. We will be able to reiterate the Councils views on Parley Court at that consultation stage, the officers in Dorset County Council are aware of Bournemouth Borough Council concerns.

Happy to chat through if required.

Regards,
Mark Axford MRTPI,
Principal Planning Policy Officer, Planning Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Planning Officers, Bournemouth Borough Council
25th July 2013
FW: Modifications to the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Strategy

Phil / Mark.

How does any of this effect what the council has said about Parley Court, and are we likely to have a decision one way or other, do we need again to make representations.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Dorset County Council
25th July 2013
Modifications to the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Strategy

Dear Stakeholder,

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Development Framework
Modifications to the Submission Minerals Strategy
Town and County Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012

As I am sure you will be aware the Mineral Planning Authority[1] submitted the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Strategy to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 31 January 2013.

Following submission, the Secretary of State appointed Inspector Elizabeth Ord LLB (Hons) LLM MA DipTUS to conduct an Examination to assess whether the Core Strategy has been prepared in accordance with legal and procedural requirements and whether it is sound. During a two week period, commencing on 13 May, a series of hearing sessions were held to examine the plan's soundness.

Under the Localism Act 2011 the local planning authority may, during the independent examination, ask the Inspector for changes that are necessary to make the document sound and suitable for adoption. These are referred to as 'main modifications' (changes). 'Additional modifications' are further changes which improve the document but do not materially affect the policies set out in the Core Strategy.

From Monday 29 July 2013 we are giving you the opportunity to comment on both the main and additional modifications that arose through the examination. The Inspector is only concerned about main modifications as these potentially affect the soundness of the plan. Consequently, only the representations received on the main modifications will be considered by the Inspector. Comments on additional modifications do not affect the soundness of the plan and so these will be for the Mineral Planning Authority to consider.

The following documents will be made available;

  • Schedule of Modifications on the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Strategy
  • Annotated version of the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Strategy
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment

From Monday, copies of these documents will be available to view online at the County Council's website via the following link and at the locations specified below.

Dorset County Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ.
Mon to Thurs 8:15am-5:30pm and Fri 8:15am-4:30pm

Bournemouth Borough Council, Customer Services Centre, St Stephen's Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EB.
Mon to Thurs 9am-4:30pm and Fri 9am-4pm

Borough of Poole (Planning Reception), Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU.
Mon to Fri 8:30am-4pm

How to comment

Representations on the proposed modifications must be received by 4pm on 16 September 2013.

Representations can be made by completing a representation form, which can be downloaded from our website. Alternatively, you can write or email us with your comments. Please make sure to clearly reference which modification your comments relate to. Reference numbers can be found in the Schedule of Modifications. If it is not clear which modification that you representation relates to or if your representation does not relate to a modification your comments will not be valid. Representations on any part of the plan that has not been modified will not be valid.

What happens next?

Representations received on main modifications will be passed to the Inspector who will consider them when preparing her final report. We hope to adopt the plan by the end of 2013.

If you have any queries or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Policy Team on 01305 228585 or 228571, email mwdf@dorsetcc.gov.uk or write to the above address.

Best Regards,
Emma Macdonald,
Senior Planning Officer (Minerals and Waste Planning Policy)

UPDATED - 17th April 2012

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
17th April 2012
RE: Parley Court

Mike.

Thank you for your comments, but does little, if anything to address my issues /concerns about the length of time this so called on going consultation is taking, which up to date is now four years, and from now what you say will now be a further rounds of consultation in November 2012 and then in 2013 with an adoption in 2014.

You will have seen the representation by myself and many other residents and statutory bodies to the original discussion document in 2008. In that photos so clearly show the massive amount of flood water within the area of PARLEY COURT, by several feet. All added to by the very detail report from our Flooding and coastal team within Bournemouth Borough Council by Mouchel. A report which I understand Dorset County Council has had a copy off, in that report it shows the clear evidence of very serious river erosion to the main Stour river banks from Muscliff to Hengisbury Head.

My concerns naturally has to centre around Muscliff and Parley Court, in that any future approval for Gravel extractions would require BUNDS, and that alone would result in tonnes of water from being prevented to flood naturally onto Parley Court, flooding onto the existing riverside area of Redhill and Muscliff, which would clearly create serious environmental Disaster to the UPPER BANKS WHERE numerous properties are, one only now has to see the loss of much of the erosion to the river banks and steep slopes and learning trees to the rear of the existing path to understand the seriousness of this problem, which if ever approval was given FOR GRAVEL EXTRACTION AT Parley Court, would itself cause enormous environmental damage to the nature reserve and all it holds within the Stour valley.

Mike you mention about rigorous assessment and a Statuary process, can I now suggest that as far as Parley court this needs now to be deleted from and further rounds of consultation and deleted from the site allocations for the very reasons I and others have very clearly listed.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Mike Garrity Planning Policy Team Leader, Planning Division, Environment Directorate, Dorset County Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
16th April 2012
Parley Court

Dear Mr Whittaker,

Thank you for your email. My apologies for not replying sooner - I was away from the office all of last week.

As you will be aware, the Minerals Core Strategy was considered by the Joint Advisory Commuttee at its meeting on 2 April. This sets out the overall spatial stategy for minerals but does not allocate sites. Hence this would not contain any details about Parley Court.

The Minerals Site Allocations Document (MSAD) will be the plan which considers specific sites. To date we have only produced a discussion paper which identified possible sites and no further changes to this have been considered by the Joint Advisory Committee. As the Minerals Site Allocations Document is a development plan, it has to follow a statutory process and so all sites will need to be the subject of rigorous assessment (using criteria in the Core Strategy) and public consultation. Only those sites which can justify inclusion following this process will be allocated in the final plan.

The Joint Advisory Committee, at its meeting on 2 April, agreed a revision to the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme which proposes a further round of consultation on the Minerals Site Allocations Document in November 2012. After this, pre-submission publication and consultation is anticipated in September 2013, with adoption in December 2014. The Joint Advisory Committee will need to consider and agree key stages of the plan, as will Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. This ensures that both the Joint Advisory Committee and the three authorities in their own right have the opportunity to consider the plan it progresses. Hopefully this offers you some assurance that each site will be the subject of careful scrutiny during the preparation of the plan.

Kind regards,
Mike Garrity
Planning Policy Team Leader, Planning Division, Environment Directorate, Dorset County Council

UPDATED - 8th June 2011

Parley Court Sand and Gravel Extraction

Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
7th June 2011
RE: Parley Court

John,

Many thanks for as always responding to my concerns here, as you know the discussion paper goes back to Oct 2008, and Dorset has received quite a lot then of local feed back from residents and ward members, including the Environment -Agency.

John you mention in your email "Parley Court lies on the inside of the bend made by the River Stour", as we know the whole of Parley Farm extends the whole length of the Stour valley river to where then the river bends, which is show in the red line in the document, much of that land is now regularly flooded at certain time of the year, as again evident as we know has been provided to County.

Reason why i am repeating much of what i have said in my written representations in 2008, is that any bunds would Cleary divert flood water onto the very area that already suffers from flooding which is i believe the point you so rightly make in your email" the point you make also about bunds is very relevant", it was mention in the papers/report of the 17th March 2009 that "officers highlighted that bunds could not be created in the flood plain area," think you can understand our concerns.

Mean time John, many thanks,
Councillor Ron Whittaker

Reply from John Bennett - Minerals and Waste Policy Officer, Dorset County Council
7th June 2011
RE: Parley Court

Dear Mr Whittaker

Thank you for letting me know about the Mouchel report, which Alan has kindly forwarded me. I note that the site suggested for gravel extraction at Parley Court lies on the inside of the bend made by the River Stour, and this should limit any erosion on that side of the river. Nevertheless, the point you make about bunds is very relevant, and would also apply to any stockpiles or buildings within the functional floodplain.

To keep you in the picture, we are currently concentrating on the Minerals Core Strategy, a revised draft of which is due to be considered by the Joint Advisory Committee tomorrow. Although the Strategy is not site specific, it does show areas known to contain sand and gravel, which is a matter of geological fact. Work on the Minerals Site Allocations Document, which will identify individual sites, will re-commence once the Core Strategy has passed through its public examination - hopefully towards the end of next year.

At that time, a detailed assessment of all sites will need to take place, including Parley Court.

I hope this is helpful.

John Bennett
Team Leader - Minerals and Waste Planing Policy, Dorset County Council

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to John Bennett - Minerals and Waste Policy Officer, Dorset County Council
4th June 2011
RE: Parley Court

John.

It being some now considerable time since we last spoke, but you can appreciate that residents like myself are asking if any update regarding the PARLEY COURT, and gravel extraction, with the very detail report from Mouchel the engineering consultants relating to the very serious erosion of the banks of Stour River, naturally and such permission if ever given will with at doubt add to the flooding if bounding was placed as clearly it would then push the flood water to the very banks that the Mouchel report has IDENTIFIED PROBLEMS TO THE BANKS AND PROPERTIES, at present any flooding is taken into the existing fields, so you can see why Bournemouth council and residents and my Colleague Cllr Anne and myself continue here to make repeated representations.

Many thanks John,
Councillor Ron Whittaker

UPDATED - 20th January 2010

Reply by John A Bennett - Minerals and Waste Policy Officer, Dorset County Council
14th January 2010
RE: Parley Court

Dear Mr Whittaker,

Thank you for forwarding these photographs. I will ensure they are made available to whoever will be preparing our Strategic Flood Risk Assessment. As I said in my earlier e-mail, we are still waiting for locations of any bunding and plant from the company suggesting this site (there is, of course, no planning application). I would be very surprised if the Environment Agency agree to any bunding alongside the river.

Kind Regards,
John
Minerals and Waste Policy Officer, Dorset County Council

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to John A Bennett - Minerals and Waste Policy Officer, Dorset County Council
14th January 2010
RE: Parley Court

John,

Further to your detail e-mail to me on the 1st December 2009, have received some very clear pictures of the increasing floods which spread right across the whole of Parley court farm, including the whole of Muscliff Stour valley, as you know most being in a designated nature reserve, John, naturally any thoughts to giving in the future planning approval for this mineral extraction would as we all know require a large amount of high BUNDING to prevent floods spreading across the farm land, naturally common sense tells us all, that water will have to go somewhere else, which would threaten residential properties on my side of the river, I am no expert on floods but such bunding would clearly increase the water flow down river into Christchurch.

Think you can understand the real concerns of us all, more so residents why will be effected by any decision in the future if this application was to be granted, Meantime thank you John.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Adele Evans to Councillor Ron Whittaker
13th January 2010
RE: Parley Court

Dear Councillor Whittaker,

Thank you so much for continuing to keep us abreast of developments re Parley Court.

I attach some photos taken from our house in Granby Road, Muscliff last year which I don't think I sent you previously. These show the Stour flood plain from Muscliff to Parley. The tideline of debris in the trees shows that water has reached a depth of 2 metres in the recent past. I have taken the liberty of sending these photos to the other people you e-mailed at the same time as me.

Sincerely,
Adele Evans

Parley Court, River Stour Flooding Concerns - Bournemouth Parley Court, River Stour Flooding Concerns - Bournemouth Parley Court, River Stour Flooding Concerns - Bournemouth

Photographs of the increasing floods which spread right across the whole of Parley court farm, including the whole of Muscliff Stour valley.

NEW - 1st December 2009

Reply from Councillor Ronald Whittaker
1st December 2009
RE: Parley Court

John,

Thank you, think as least have something that I can tell residents who very understandable are concerned by any proposals that might bring forward the bunding which itself would move / push additional floods on to the muscliff side of the river, please keep me where possible informed, meantime thank you, it is appreciated.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Reply by John A Bennett - Minerals and Waste Planning Policy
1st December 2009
RE: Parley Court

Dear Mr Whittaker,

Although we have a fair amount of information on Parley Court, this is just one of over forty sites that have been suggested, and we are waiting for more information on many of them.

The Government Office have advised us to concentrate on the Minerals Core Strategy at present, and that is what we are doing. The Joint Advisory Committee in February will therefore be considering the site selection criteria and sustainability appraisal scoping report, both of which need to be agreed by them before progressing further with the Minerals Site Allocations Document. It would not be appropriate to discount any site at this stage unless the promoters withdraw it. There is no indication that the promoters of Parley Court wish to do so.

I realise the process seems long and drawn out, but with the large numbers of objectors and the strength of industry and landowners, any procedural error or oversight is bound to lead to a legal challenge. We have also received revised guideline figures for aggregates provision for the region, and this is being broken down to sub-regional level by SW Councils. This should result in a reduction in the amount of land we have to identify, but this won't be known until later next year.

Gravel extraction itself is included in PPS25 as "water-compatible development", although the processing plant and any storage piles would not be. I understand the plant would be sited outside the flood plain, but we have asked for details of any screening bunds and storage piles.

The next consultation on sites will be on those the Joint Advisory Committee wishes to take forward, rather than on all those suggested to us. At this stage I clearly cannot say whether or not the next consultation will include Parley Court.

I have to say, a number of planning authorities have found that the current requirement for very early public involvement when dealing with possible sites can lead to frustration over the long time it takes to reach a final choice of sites. This can also lead to the risk of blight in some circumstances. In the past, the choice of proposed sites would have been taken within the authority, before the first round of consultation.

I hope this rather rambling response addresses at least some of your concerns.

Kind Regards,
John

Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker to John A Bennett - Minerals and Waste Planning Policy
1st December 2009
RE: Parley Court

John,

Thank you but unfortunately this really does not help me much, including residents abutting the Stour, in was as you know a meeting of the panel was to take place on the 31st July at county hall, which was cancelled in favour then the sites visits to the West of county, then informed it would be later in year that further consultation on the MSAD is expected to be undertaken during the autumn 2009, again would contain specific sites though to be most appropriate to meet Dorset's future need for minerals, in view of the large representations regarding the flooding issues surrounding the land abutting the river / Parley court farm, and evidence supplied, including the objections from the environmental=agency, cannot understand as to why it is now being suggest a further round of consultation in the summer of next year when all the relevant information has been with the county for the past twelve mouths, are we now saying that Dorset County are seeking further representations regarding the issues of Parley court Phase 3.

Cllr Ron Whittaker

E-mail from John A Bennett to Councillor Ron Whittaker
25th November 2009
Parley Court

Dear Mr Whittaker,

No decisions have been made on any of the sites suggested to us. At the request of Government Office, we are concentrating on the Minerals Core Strategy, the Scoping Report for the Sustainability Appraisal and the Site Selection Process. These will be considered by the Joint Advisory Committee next February. The consideration of sites will follow, so there is likely to be a further consultation in summer 2010.

In the meantime, we continue to collect further information on the forty-odd sites that have been suggested to us. Further sites are still coming forward (none of which affect your ward). There has been no change to the site at Parley Court, but I will contact you if there are any developments.

Kind Regards,
John A Bennett
Team Leader, Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Dorset County Council