Agenda and minutes

Strategic and Technical Planning Committee - Tuesday, 2nd May, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ. View directions

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No. Item


Appointment of Vice Chair for meeting

To receive any apologies for absence.



Proposed by Cllr Worth, seconded by Cllr Jespersen.


Decision: that Cllr Bartlett be appointed Vice-Chair for the duration of the meeting.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 739 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 24 March 2023.


The minutes of the meeting held on 24 March 2023 were confirmed and signed.



Declarations of Interest

To disclose any pecuniary, other registrable or non-registrable interests as set out in the adopted Code of Conduct. In making their disclosure councillors are asked to state the agenda item, the nature of the interest and any action they propose to take as part of their declaration.

If required, further advice should be sought from the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.



No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests were made at the meeting.




Application to divert Footpath 22, Wimborne Minster pdf icon PDF 4 MB

This report considers an application to divert part of Footpath 22, Wimborne Minster under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA) as it is affected by development. Part of the affected land is registered to Dorset Council. The proposal is unopposed, and the legal tests are regarded to be fulfilled, therefore the application should be accepted and a diversion order made.


The report to consider an application to divert part of Footpath 22, Wimborne Minster under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA) as it was affected by development, was presented by the Senior Definitive Map Technical Officer.   The application had come to committee as part of the affected land was registered to Dorset Council. The proposal was unopposed, and the legal tests were regarded to have been fulfilled, therefore the application was recommended for approval.


The Senior Definitive Map Technical Officer advised that the new route had been partly constructed and highlighted the various connecting points and views via a powerpoint presentation.


The recommendation was that the Order be approved and if no objections were received, be confirmed by Dorset.


Oral representation was received in support of the application from Adam Ford, the agent for the applicant.


There were no member questions other than to confirm that the application had come to committee as Dorset Council owned part of the land, and that best use had been made of the development land as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and that it was in accordance to move footpaths in order to accommodate that   The Legal Business Partner, Regulatory advised that the application for a footpath was considered under a different statutory test than the NPPF.


Proposed by Cllr Shane Bartlett, seconded by Cllr Belinda Ridout.


Decision that:

The application to divert part of Footpath 22, Wimborne Minster be accepted

and an order made;


The Order included provisions to modify the definitive map and statement to

record the changes made as a consequence of the diversion; and


If the Order was unopposed, and was considered to meet the legal tests it be confirmed by the Council.


If the Order was opposed, but the objections are not relevant to the legal tests, it be submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation without further reference to Committee.


Urgent items

To consider any items of business which the Chairman has had prior notification and considers to be urgent pursuant to section 100B (4) b) of the Local Government Act 1972. The reason for the urgency shall be recorded in the minutes.



There were no urgent items.



Exempt Business

To move the exclusion of the press and the public for the following item in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of schedule 12 A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

The public and the press will be asked to leave the meeting whilst the item of business is considered.


There was no exempt business.