The Blandford Hill Eco Hub is to be located immediately to the south of Blandford Hill (the A354), just east of Winterborne Whitechurch. The site lies circa 6km south west of Blandford Forum. The site comprises four fields presently in agricultural use with mature and established boundary vegetation, which will be retained. The A354
runs along the northern boundary of the site and will form the means of access
from an existing layby. Footpath E32/6 runs broadly east-west along the
southern boundary of the proposed site near East Farm and together with
the other Public Rights of Way would be retained. The loss of the layby
parking would be offset by non-EV parking provision and improved
public facilities within the EV charging station.
The site design will be refined as the Blandford Hill Eco Hub development proposals progress and will be informed by a number of site surveys. The findings of these surveys will be presented as part of the public consultation associated with the scheme and will form part of the planning application.
The River Winterborne lies circa 650m to the west of the site. The site itself forms Flood Zone 1 land (i.e. land with the least probability of flooding).
There are no heritage assets or designated ecological sites within the proposed development footprint. The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies to the north of the site. The site is wholly within the Dorset County Council administrative area and within the Winterborne Whitechurch Parish area. The proposal will include plans that will enhance the biodiversity of the site.
A copy of the Site Location Plan can be downloaded from this website.