Meeting determined to save Happy Island area - again

A packed meeting in Bradpole Village Hall on last Wednesday night was shocked to hear of the West Dorset District Council (WDDC) draft proposals to develop the “Happy Island field”, which borders Happy Island Way and Jessopp Avenue.  Cllr Ron Coatsworth attended along with over 50 concerned residents.  He pledged his support for the campaign to prevent the development and encouraged the worried residents to make it clear that enough is enough – Bradpole has seen a huge amount of development during his time as a councillor, and there really is no case for having more.

Richard Nicholls from the Bridport branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) asked “Does the proposed development lie within the town’s existing development boundary?” The answer was that at the moment it does not, but the process of drawing up a new local plan includes the possibility of changing or abolishing these boundaries.

Chris Savory, chairing the meeting, pointed out that the Happy Island site was one of a small number suggested as possible new sites for housing during the consultation process run by WDDC before Christmas. The reason for getting organised now is to try and keep this development boundary where it is.

The development plans were confirmed by Ross Jessopp who attended on behalf of the Farmers Club (who own the field) and Jessopp & Co. who own the access strips and will be the developers, if the scheme gets the go ahead. He was given the chance to explain the plans which would be for around sixty houses with access from both Happy Island Way and Jessopp Avenue.

This was useful for the residents to know, but did not provide any reassurance for them.  All the 55 attending residents left their contact details, to add to the 35 already gathered by the group, and most said that they would be happy to be involved in this effort to stop this development from ruining Happy Island. This is not the first time the Bridport community have found this much loved area under threat from developers, and the people are determined to save the area as they did before. All those hearing about these plans for the first time interested to know more or to join the campaign should contact Chris Savory on 07754 683177 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A Facebook group – Protect Happy Island Environment Group - has been set up and everyone is welcome to join this group and check it out for news.

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