The State of Dorset 2018: key facts and issues for the county

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:11

Dorset County Council’s research team​ has pulled together all the latest stats and data for Dorset under 10 key themes.

Here are the headlines of what they’ve found…​

We have a stunning natural and historic environment
  • making a huge contribution to health and wellbeing
  • but its economic contribution is often overlooked

The county council hosts the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) team, helping to deliver health and wellbeing benefits to residents; our coast and countryside rangers help keep public rights of way open; the council promotes recycling and is committed to reducing its carbon footprint.

Employment is high, but like the UK, our economy
  • has a productivity gap
  • with employment that continues to grow
  • and increasing demand for higher level skills

The county council manages investments in digital and physical connectivity through projects like Superfast Dorset and the Dorset Innovation Park.​

Crime is
  • consistently low in Dorset
  • but is higher in the summer (due to better weather, more daylight, and holidays)

The Dorset Community Safety Partnership brings together local authorities, the police and other key partners to tackle crime and community safety issue.

Deprivation is largely low, but
  • Dorset has pockets of deprivation, mostly in urban areas
  • it is a key challenge to health and wellbeing
  • social mobility is a particular issue for Weymouth & Portland which the county council and partners are looking to address
  • some rural deprivation through barriers to housing and essential services
  • a growing number of older people could add to this

Early intervention can prevent problems from escalating and the county council aims to work with families living in deprived areas early on​.

Dorset residents generally have good health and wellbeing with
  • a high life-satisfaction rating

Public Health Dorset works with Dorset councils to improve and protect our health and wellbeing and help people make healthy lifestyle choices

Leisure and culture
  • also contribute to the economy
  • participation in arts and culture can help communities feel safer and stronger
  • and an active lifestyle adds to individual health and wellbeing

Dorset’s councils provide leisure facilities and support local events such as IRONMAN which contribute to the local economy​.

Dorset’s population
  • continues to grow with people moving into the county and longer life expectancy
  • this has an impact on service demand e.g. care and children’s services
  • and an impact on the economy e.g. number of people of working age going down

Projections help us to plan and prepare for future needs, such as housing, school places and support services​.

The number of older people
  • continues to grow – rising life expectancy
  • which means increasing demand for health and care services

Dorset County Council promotes caring as a career and is helping people to plan ahead through the ‘Prepare to Live Better’ campaign; we promote health and wellbeing by investing in green spaces and providing information e.g .through ‘LiveWell Dorset’​.

The number of children in the county is growing
  • meaning early intervention and a whole-family approach are key for wellbeing

We are working with partners to create Family Partnership Zones to ensure children get the right help at the right time and in the right place​.

Diversity – there are
  • nine protected characteristics

We are committed to equality of opportunity, promoting diversity and eliminating discrimination.

This is just a snapshot of the information available – you can find out more on the Dorset Statistics website.

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Work to start on landmark Ocean Views development

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:32

Work is due to begin on the second phase of the landmark Ocean Views development to build 348 new homes on Portland.

Oceans Views Development set to start

Landowner the Comer Group and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have been working closely together to take the £25m project forward.

The Comer Group has already redeveloped one of two former naval accommodation blocks at the site in Castletown with 206 flats in its Atlantic House scheme.

Now developer Fulca Ltd, a Comer Group company, is set to transform the remaining building into 157 apartments.

It will also develop 191 new build homes at the rear of the site. The company is investing more than £25m into the project.

The progress comes after a planning application to alter some elements of the internal layout, façade and balconies gained consent from the council.

It also follows a successful preliminary bid through the council’s Opening Doors programme seeking £2.8m of Government Housing Infrastructure Funding (HIF) money for land stabilisation work at the site.

Development to provide 554 homes

With the 157 apartments in the former naval block and the 191 new-build properties, the new developments will result in 348 new homes.

Added to the 206 flats already completed in Atlantic House, the site would provide a total of 554 properties when complete.

Work is due to begin in the next month with site clearance, surveying, some demolition work, the creation of compounds and opening of offices.

Construction work will begin after detailed exterior designs are finalised with the first residents due to move in by late 2019/early 2020.

The progress comes as Weymouth & Portland Borough Council recently launched its Opening Doors campaign with West Dorset District Council and North Dorset District Council to secure 20,000 new homes for the combined areas by 2033.

Cllr Ray Nowak, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s briefholder for environment and sustainability, said: “We are very pleased to see progress on this site.

“Development will not only bring much needed housing but will also represent a major step forward in the regeneration of Castletown.”

second phase of the landmark Ocean Views development Growth of local economy

Cllr Gill Taylor, housing briefholder at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “This is a major boost following the launch of our Opening Doors campaign.

“New housing will help more people into homes of their own and also support the growth of the local economy not only for Portland but for the rest of the Borough as well.”

Cllr Jeff Cant, who is council leader and briefholder for finance and assets, said: “The partly completed Comer homes site overlooking Castletown has been a problem for several years.

“There has been a resurgence in investment in this very run down area over the past several years lead by a prominent Portland businessman Derek Luckhurst.

“Castletown has great potential and we are delighted that the company has worked through all the obstacles with us over the last two years to achieve such a positive outcome.”

Full planning consent for the Ocean Views site – the former MOD Hardy complex – was granted in 2004 and remains in place. The majority of homes in the second block will be for rent at local, open market rates.

Delighted to move forward

Robert Sheppard, Head of Portfolio (UK) for the Comer Group, said: “We are delighted to move forward with the second phase of Ocean Views.

“We have worked very closely with the council and appreciate its support and assistance to progress this site.

“The active engagement and support of the council has been pivotal in securing the additional opportunity presented by HIF funding; illustrating quite markedly how the commitment of local councils can influence central Government decisions positively to the benefit of their community.

“Ocean Views has the potential to deliver a significant number of properties to help the council meet need locally and reach its housing targets. We are very much looking forward to getting started.”

Opening Doors has also launched a Home Ownership Register to provide information for househunters and to gauge demand for the different types of properties in the area.

Visit for more details about Opening Doors and for more about Ocean Views.

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Bournemouth throat-cut victim meets woman who saved his life

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 08:59
Glen Morrant had his neck slashed by an attacker while he was on a night out in Bournemouth.
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Pedestrian struck in Swanage sea wall crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00
A car struck a pedestrian and drove over the sea wall at the seaside resort.
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Jermain Defoe: Bournemouth striker targets England recall for World Cup

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 22:30
Veteran Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe targets another England recall for this summer's World Cup.
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