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Views sought over 600 Isle of Purbeck new homes

The town of Wareham will be extended by 200 new homes

Residents of Dorset's Isle of Purbeck are being urged to give their views about where 620 new homes should be built.

The developments will extend the towns and villages of Swanage, Wareham, Upton, Bere Regis, Lytchett Matravers and Wool.

Purbeck District Council said it had a commitment to build 2,400 new homes, including affordable housing, by 2026.

But this could mean building on greenbelt land, it said.

Leaflets will be sent to homes in the area throughout early June and the consultation will run until 30 July.

The leaflets show which sites have been submitted by landowners and set out options for the developments.

Swanage: 200 homes (100 affordable)
Wareham: 200 homes (100 affordable)
Upton: 70 houses (35 affordable)
Bere Regis: 50 homes (25 affordable)
Lytchett Matravers: 50 houses (25 affordable)
Wool: 50 houses (25 affordable)

Council leader David Budd said: "The district council is required to provide 2,400 new homes by 2026, plus land for employment purposes, and there is not enough room in our towns and villages to make these provisions.

"Therefore, we need to extend these areas and now is the chance for local people to have their say.

"Development undoubtedly brings pressures and difficulties, but it also presents us with opportunities, such as the provision of affordable homes for local people."

Road shows will take place across the area throughout June and July, when residents will be able to question council officers, councillors and developers.

Last autumn, residents were consulted on which of the area's towns and villages should accommodate the new developments.

Nearly two-thirds of the 2,000 respondents chose the council's "preferred option", now being put in place.

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