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Community Matters - April 2022

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AGM 30th March
Jubilee Coffee Morning
Skittles leagues
Operation Mincemeat
Planning and Development
Grove flats
Hurn way care home
Car wash Barrack Road
Fence, St Catherine's Hill
Christchurch planning committee
Future Places
Knapp Mill Water Works
Hurn Incinerator
Tree Planting
Grass Cutting

Your local councillors
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Our AGM was held on the 30th March in the Hall on the Hill


David Sidwick, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset was present for a question and answer session 

David outlined his plans for policing in Dorset
  1. To make the first priority to cut crime and anti-social behaviour.

     This will be the number one priority for the police to provide a robust focus to cut violent crime, rural crime and the constant grind of ASB - so people across Dorset see a clear difference and feel safer.

  2. To make policing more visible to prevent crime.

    To increase the number and visibility of police officers in our neighbourhood teams so police again fulfil a prevention role and the people and businesses across Dorset experience less crime. Contact will be improved so people know their police, see them around and can contact them easily when needed.

  3. To fight organised and violent crime.

    To tackle organised gangs, be tough on drugs and the violence around drugs and to tackle “hidden harms” such as child abuse, domestic violence, hate crime, modern slavery and cyber crime.

  4. To fight rural crime.

    To significantly increase the rural crime team and their capabilities and to have specific strategies to address burglary, anti-social behaviour and farm theft in the rural community. 

  5. To put victims and communities first.

    Support all victims - particularly the elderly and vulnerable - and build community strength by working together with councils and agencies - supporting volunteers such as Neighbourhood Watch, Community Speedwatch, and increasing opportunities for the young with initiatives like Police Cadets.

  6. To make every penny count for the needs of the people of Dorset.

    To resource and transform the front-line and reduce administration so patrol and response teams can spend more time out on the beat - Engaging with our communities, gathering intelligence and making residents feel safer on our streets.  

Also in attendance answering questions for local residents:
Anna Lillywhite - PCSO for Christchurch West
Margaret Phipps -  Ward councillor for Christchurch in BCP 
Vanessa Ricketts -  Ward councillor for Christchurch in BCP 

Sue Bungey - CTC and Mayor of Christchurch
Sue Fotheringham - CTC 
Carol Gardiner - CTC
Robert Luscombe - CTC

Committee Members are still needed

If you or someone you know (with their permission) would like to become a Committee member please contact by email or by post to Jumpers and St Catherine's Hill Residents Association at 83 Hillside Drive, Christchurch, BH23 2SZ.

We are in need of a Treasurer, Membership Secretary and future Chairperson. We would also welcome any general committee members who would like to become involved in the association.

Subscription Renewal 2022/2023

Your £1 subscription is due for payment once a year from April. 

To pay by inter-bank transfer send your contribution to account:
Jumpers & St Catherine's Hill Residents Association,
account number 92732106,
sort code 40-13-07

Don't forget to use your address as a reference and select the Business Account option

To pay by post or hand deliver send your contribution together with a note of your address to Jumpers and St Catherine's Hill Residents Association at 83 Hillside Drive, Christchurch, BH23 2SZ


A Coffee Morning has been organised by JSCHRA to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee will be held in the Hall on the Hill, Marlow Drive on Saturday 4th June between 10am and 12pm. More details to follow.  


Two local Skittles Leagues are seeking new players:-

Bluebird social club, 4 Ham Lane, Ferndown, BH22 9DP.

Fancy some very  light exercise in a relaxed social  atmosphere? :  Fun but purposeful Skittles league -
Contact Mark Deacon 01202 250383 for details

Avon Valley Skittle League based at Hurn Bridge Sports and Social Club BH23 6DY.

Looking to recruit new players and teams of six plus.
A friendly bunch who enjoy socialising weekly and keeping active ! No experience needed.
If you are interested please review our Facebook page or contact Linda Brown on 07762 242959 for more details.

Monthly Meeting Speaker: Kevin Patience "The Man Who Never Was." - 11 Apr 2022 2pm
Christchurch Baptist Church, Bargates - U3A members free, small charge for non members.

In April 1943 a body dressed as a Royal Marine officer with briefcase was deliberately washed ashore in Spain. It was designed to fool the Germans that the allies planned to invade Greece and not Sicily. Code named Operation Mincemeat it was one of the best kept secrets of WW2 until 1996 when files were released in the National Archives and the identity of the corpse made public. This is the true story of this deception.

Hear the talk before you see the film 'OPERATION MINCEMEAT' which will be showing at the Regent from 15th April.

Planning and Development


Application for Flats and Houses on Corner of the Grove 


An application has been submitted for a block of 35 flats and 4 dwellinghouses - Application number 8/21/1214/OUT - after the application for 55 flats and 4 dwellinghouses was refused in December 2021

There have been numerous objections to this application which has a consultation end date of 14th April including this one from Christchurch Town Council.

This original application (outlined in green above) by Richard Carr came before the BCP Planning Committee recently.  There were 275 objections and it was recommended by Officers for refusal.  It was refused – but only just – by 8 votes to 6.  Six Bournemouth and Poole Members including the Committee Chairman, voted to grant the application.  BCP Cllr. Margaret Phipps challenged the Chairman of Planning with a question at Full Council, as to why nearly half of the Committee Members had gone against the officer recommendation to refuse the application because they “liked” the development, when it was contrary to so many policies.  He replied that policies were open to interpretation.  Cllr. Phipps said she thought that what had happened did not give the public confidence in the Committee.  The full question and answer are noted in the Minutes of January’s BCP Council meeting.
Refusal notice and Minutes of planning meeting

Hurn Way care home

Land at 74 Hurn Way and to the rear of nos.66-72 and 76 Hurn Way.

PLANS for a 69-bedroom care home in Christchurch were turned down after the director of adult social care for BCP Council objected to it along with more than 200 residents.
Christchurch Town Council had also objected to the proposed scheme due to its “scale, bulk, mass and height, which renders the development inappropriate in design and character”.
Another opponent was Natural England, which claimed the development, with its proximity to the SSSI at St Catherine’s Hill, would have an “adverse” affect on the area.
Refusal Notice  June 2021

This has now gone to appeal.

Many residents have felt that BCP has not defended their refusal decision robustly.  They have been relying on the original planning officer’s report for refusal of the application.  Residents and the planning consultant which they have engaged, felt that BCP should be putting in an additional statement to the Inspectorate setting out the reasons why the application should not be granted on appeal. After putting pressure on BCP Planning Dept. for a statement to be sent there is now confirmation that BCP is writing to the inspectorate to confirm that they in no way endorse anything the appellant has put in to try and overcome the reason for refusal.
The appeal reference is  APP/V1260/W/21/3280644 
Appeals can be viewed on the Appeals Casework Portal 


164-166 Barrack Road Christchurch BH23 2BD

An application number 8/22/0250/OUT has been submitted for another block of flats on Barrack Road.
Demolition of existing buildings (Car Wash) and erection of a block of 34 apartments with associated bin and cycle stores.

No car parking provision.


Blyth Close fence, St Catherine's Hill


Enclose land by erection of fence to be used as private residential garden. 

Application 8/21/0319/FUL which was refused in September 2021 has been appealed reference APP/V1260/W/21/3289365.

There were a large number of objections to the original retrospective planning application including a petition with a large number of signatures. The decision to refuse the application included the following.

"The fence would form a discordant feature on the street scene of Hillside Drive, which would be out of keeping with the local verdant character of the area and results in material harm to the appearance of the local area. It would substantially alter the character of E61/49 footpath from a bright and open spacious path to an enclosed and dark path, result in loss of a significant parcel of a beautiful and well-designed place.
 The fence would encroach and enclose public highway verge and change the use from public right of way to residential land. The development would result in inconvenience to pedestrians and would prevent their inclusive and safe enjoyment of the public highway land and would interfere with a Public Right of Way."

Final comments on this are due by 8th April.

The proposed fence would look like this.



NEWS from your BCP Ward Cllrs. Margaret Phipps and Vanessa Ricketts


Click here to read as a PDF

In the last newsletter, we told you that BCP Council had set up a Company, which it owns, called
FUTURE PLACES. Margaret is also Chairman of Hurn Parish Council, and has invited James Croker, the Future Places Corporate Engagement Director to the Hurn Parish Assembly to give a short talk about the company and answer questions. We thought it might be of interest to you:

           Presentation from “Future Places”

           Your Opportunity to ask Questions

           Monday 11th April 2022, 7.30pm

           Hurn Bridge Sports Club, Avon Causeway, Hurn, BH23 6DY


A bit of background:

The formation of BCP Council in 2019 brought together all the land and property assets of the three previous councils.


In 2021 BCP Council set up Future Places to accelerate development and regeneration across the new BCP Council area. Future Places is funded directly from the BCP budget, which is of course paid for by residents’ council tax. They have already been given £8 million of BCP funds as a working capital loan. Therefore, we believe it is in everyone’s interests to understand what the company is about, and what it is being paid to do in our area. Controversially, two of the Company Directors are the Leader and Deputy Leader of BCP Council.


We know that residents across our Ward value where they live and want to protect the natural environment from over development. This new company will be responsible for bringing forward development across BCP, and initially they have 15 sites earmarked, mostly for residential. However, their remit in the long term, could cover anything at all, including employment sites or promoting leisure proposals if they felt it appropriate. This is an opportunity to ask questions about what is planned for Christchurch and BCP as a whole.


The Planning System

In March we commented on how the BCP planning system is just not working properly for Christchurch. Last time we gave you two examples where Bournemouth and Poole Cllrs. with little local knowledge, had dominated controversial decisions in our Ward. Only 3 of the 15 planning committee members are from Christchurch. We would remind you that a Highcliffe resident has set up a petition seeking a debate at Council for a separate planning committee for Christchurch. You can sign it here:  EPetition

There are often still long delays in dealing with planning applications and we both receive complaints from applicants and their agents on a regular basis. We always do our best to try to speed up the process.

Knapp Mill Water Treatment Works


There is a current application for the substantial redevelopment of the Knapp Mill waterworks. We understand that the Treatment Works which date back to the 1930s requires major investment to upgrade the infrastructure to modern standards. Full details can be found here:


Stop placed on issuing decision for Hurn Incinerator



Last time we told you that despite over 700 objections from residents and environmentalists, a waste incinerator was granted in Hurn by the BCP planning committee. Following a request from an environmental group for the Secretary of State (SoS) to “Call In” the application for scrutiny, we have heard that the SoS has issued an order preventing the Council from granting permission without special authorisation from him, while he considers the matter further. Also, as Ward Cllrs, we have jointly requested that the matter be brought back to the planning committee and reconsidered in the light of a new material consideration which has arisen. That consideration, which was not discussed at all at the committee on 8th March, is that the Government have announced a target to halve landfill and incineration by 2042, which is within the lifetime of the proposed Incinerator. Reducing and halving incineration would mean a reduction of feedstock for incineration, increasing the risk of incineration overcapacity and reducing the justification for the proposal. We await outcomes, and will keep you informed.


Tree Planting has happened!

Finally – success. After requesting the replacement of missing roadside trees in many locations, we are told that planting has been carried out. There were only a few trees which could not be planted as cars were parked across the tree pits, so they were put in at other locations instead. If you have a new tree near you, please water it to help it survive through the summer.


Grass Cutting

Last year the mowing regime, which trialled some areas being left unmown, meant that many parts of the Ward looked very untidy. We spoke with BCP officers well in advance, and have been assured that a normal mowing sequence will be in operation this year. Therefore, we very much hope that we will not have the same problem as last year.

If you wish to contact us about any issues:

Cllr. Margaret Phipps –
– Tel: 01202 478266

Cllr. Vanessa Ricketts –
– Tel: 07760 391467


Your local Councillors

Christchurch Town Council

Councillors | Christchurch Town Council (

BCP Council Commons ward -

Councillor Vanessa Ricketts

Councillor Margaret Phipps




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