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This website aims to become a source of information for both the local community and those planning to visit or actually visiting this fantastic part of Dorset. We really need the local community to become involved by sending us news of forthcoming events, reports on recent events and photographs. In particular we would like to populate the Calendar with the dates of every activity which is going on within the Parish. The website has been designed to be more interactive by allowing you to use the Contact Us  page to send us some news, feedback or to ask a question or if you require an entry placed on the Calendar. The editor of the website will respond to the messages you leave or add your information. There is also an opportunity for you to join our e-mailing list through the contact us section. If you do so we will email you a copy of the Parish Council minutes together with any other information that we feel may be of interest. A very important section of this website is devoted to the development of the Neighbourhood Plan (the Parish Plan has moved to the Parish Council pages) and is where information relating to this can be viewed. Additionally you can also access the Community Forum where you can read discussions, and leave comments, with regard to village issues. The Village Notice Boardwhich enables villagers to post information relating to the village, can also be accessed from the Community Forum Pages Details of Road Closure Notices are now available by clicking the highlighted text or the link below.

Planning Appeals


A message from the YRIPC Chairman

As I am sure you are aware a second application for 87 houses on the land north of the school was approved by WDDC Planning Committee in June. The Parish Council (PC), supported by the Sherborne branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), was most unhappy with the decision and through the good offices of Oliver Letwin our MP asked for the decision to be ‘called in’ for reconsideration by the Secretary of State for the Communities.

In the interim the PC and CPRE initiated a legal review of the process with the view of going to Judicial Review (JR) in the event that the ‘call in’ did not take place.

The Secretary of State has now sadly decided that WDDC’s approval decision should stand and we have just heard that the legal  review has concluded that JR would prove to be a fruitless exercise because the current deficit in West Dorset’s 5 year land supply would mean that development boundary and SUS2 policies would therefore be regarded as out of date.

We could ignore the legal advice and request JR but this would only act as a delaying tactic and the funding for the review would have to be raised through a precept and/or donations. We feel that we cannot justify this. As a result the PC has decided, reluctantly, to withdraw from seeking JR and the development will go forward.

We are, however, in discussion with the Developer about the site. Our first meeting was most productive and there will be a second one in November to which representatives of the residents of Stoneyacres have been invited. The PC will then engage with the Builder who purchases the site to discuss the proposed design..

The Neighbourhood Plan Group is aware of the situation and will be developing definitive proposals on house design and site layout to be used in the parish and these will be discussed with the Builder before he puts in his Planning Application. In this way it is hoped that a compromise satisfactory to all parties will be achieved


Land North of Ryme Road Planning Application


This Appeal will take place in West Dorset District Council Offices starting at 1000 on 15 November. Please note new date.
I shall be giving evidence as a witness for WDDC on the sustainability questions. Jo Witherden, our retained Planning Consultant, is drafting my input which will then be included in WDDC’s evidence. As a witness I can and no doubt will be cross examined. But I cannot include in my
evidence anything which WDDC is already covering – such as ‘outside the DDB’ However any resident who has previously made representations can – in a private capacity – do so at the Inquiry. Such a representations can cover any relevant point.

It is proposed that as many residents as possible attend, especially on the first day, to make thepoint regarding the level of objection within the village but that only about 6 residents speak, each on a different aspect (particularly those items covered in the Parish Council’s submissions
which cannot be included in my evidence) of the application. To have more speakers could result in duplication which the Inspector will not allow. These statements will not be cross examined.
A meeting of all those who made representations on this planning application will be held at 8pm on Friday 4 November in the Jubilee Hall, at which the procedures for the Inquiry will be explained and agreement on who will say what agreed. We urge you all to attend.

The Appeal itself is a public meeting, and whilst only those who have previously made representations may speak, any member of the public may attend. I would anticipate that the press will attend. The enquiry will conclude at the development site, probably on Friday 18 November, and we would ask that you make every effort to attend so that we can show the strength of public opinion. Further details will be posted on the website in due course.
David Gould
Chairman YRIPC




Thursday 3 November: Ryme Intrinseca Village Meeting at 7.00 pm in St Hippolytus Church

Friday 4 November: Ryme Road planning meeting at 7.00 pm in the Jubilee Hall.


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Closure of recycling banks

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