8 December 2021
HM Land Registry fees update

From 31 January 2022, some of HM land registration fees will increase for the first time since 2009. This will affect applications for first registration and for the registration of transfers, leases and mortgages of property (scales 1 and 2). For the majority of affected applications – those submitted electronically – the fee will increase by 11%.
For more details, please see the Goverment website.

7 December 2021
Better broadband could be yours

Dorset Council, in partnership with Openreach, has been rolling out full-fibre broadband to around 3,000 premises across rural areas in the county. You can find out if you are in one of the areas to get full-fibre to the premises (FTTP) by going to the Dorset Council Superfast Broadband checker.

If you are one of the lucky ones to now have FTTP, the uplift in speed does not happen automatically. To benefit from this new ultra-fast technology you will need to contact your internet service provider to see if you can upgrade to a faster speed.

Not all internet service providers have FTTP packages, so you may need to consider switching to one that does when your current contract expires.

Don’t have FTTP but would still like to improve your broadband?
There are government subsidy programmes that can help residents and businesses in rural areas improve their broadband. For more information and advice email

2 December 2021
Important Information - Land East of New Road (Parley Cross field) Planning proposal

Unfortunately, we all understand that the allocation of this land to housing forms part of the Dorset Council Local Plan but there is still the opportunity to comment on what will actually be delivered.
Please see the Bellway Homes leaflet (pdf) which contains information on how to view the illustrative plans during this public consultation period. It also contains contact details for people to submit their opinions on the proposal before the formal planning application is submitted to Dorset Council (which will again be open to comment by residents).

A 1 hour long webinar has been arranged by the developer for Tuesday 7th December at 6.30pm and we encourage residents to join this virtual meeting. We have requested a public meeting, however this has been declined and alternative measures are currently being discussed.

Please also see the dedicated Bellway Homes website to view the detail of the proposal is Land east of New Road, West Parley.

For ease of comparison, you may wish to compare the two images below.

old core strategy plan
old core strategy plan
new illustrative plan
new illustrative plan

Whilst you peruse the layout of the housing, please note the apparent absence of both the allotments and play area. The Foodstore is currently being considered under a separate application and there appears no detail for the office / retail outlets. It is also not clear why only part of the SANG is being considered at this stage.

30 November 2021
Tree Removal at Parley Cross

For those enquiring about the removal of trees at Parley Cross as part of the development of the 'land east of New Road', please refer to the Landscape Visual Appraisal by Tyler Grange for information.

30 November 2021
Important Information

The Parish Council has been approached by representatives from BOTH Developers regarding plans for the land east (field by the crossroads) and west (behind Ridgeway) of New Road.
As information becomes available, we will share this on our website, facebook page and noticeboards. So do please 'watch this space'. Part of the planning process is a public consultation by the developers and we will share this information with residents when known. We encourage you to have your say as these plans are the final stage in the process and will determine exactly what is delivered.

Residents may also be interested in this illustrative sketch layout for development of field at Parley Cross (Land East of New Road).

22 November 2021
Update on the development at Parley Cross

The latest planning application is open for comment until 9th December and we encourage residents to share their opinion with Dorset Council.

P/RES/2021/03989 Land East of New Road
Reserved matters application in respect of the foodstore development phase of the Outline Planning Permission 3/17/3609/OUT relating to the details of access, appearance, landscaping, layout. If you wish to, please submit a comment on their website.

The Parish Council discussed the application at the full council meeting on 17th November and the response is as follows.
Members discussed the application and felt the plans were poor in relation to the concept of the whole plan. Members questioned whether the location of the access road on the B3073 has moved position to be directly opposite Parley Close and also that on New Road. This is believed to alter the concept of the ‘relief road’ to that of a residential road merely serving the new proposed estate. In addition, new road links to Church Lane were also noted, which the lane would be unable to accommodate. The appearance of the store is completely out of character for the semi-rural village.

The landscaping suggested is a sparse selection of flora which is insufficient. West Parley is a semi rural village benefitting from hedgerows and large volume of trees, which has a positive environmental impact and encourages fauna; and differentiates the village’s character from that of the adjacent town of Ferndown and this should be respected. Council therefore resolved to offer a strong objection on these grounds.

16 November 2021
Overnight temporary traffic management notice - Ringwood Road, Ferndown

The Notice comes in to operation on 14th December 2021 between 20:00 and 06:00 and will remain in force for 5 nights, however it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 16th December 2021. The road will be open out side of these times as normal.
Please see the traffic management notice (pdf) for full details.

16 November 2021
The benefits of Music in care - Music in Care at Ferndown Manor

An invitation to the benefits of Music in care
Music is an important part of life for residents at Ferndown Manor and in all care settings. Indeed where would we all be without music in our lives and the enjoyment and memories linked to our favourite songs and tunes in recognition of this we are dedicating Thursday 18th November to a day of 'Music for wellbeing in care'.

We have invited Rosie Mead from 'Musica music' to hold a zoom presentation at 2pm on the day. Rosie Mead is an expert in music, health and wellbeing. She is the founder of the not for profit organisation Musica Music and Wellbeing, a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, and an academic specialising in music sociology.

In this presentation Rosie will be providing information on the benefits of music within care. Drawing on her academic research she will be sharing the science behind what happens in our brain when we listen to music, as well as the power of music to support wellbeing. She will share tips on what it means to listen to meaningful music, and the ways to use meaningful music to support quality of life. The session will be followed by a Q&A where you can pick Rosie’s brain on anything related to music within healthcare.

Please join us if you are a carer or family member with loved ones in care to learn more about how music can help those we care for at 2pm on 18th November.

10 November 2021
Recent shed break-in

Police want to draw your attention to a recent shed break-in.

The incident happened in Ferndown this week.

Police are reminding members of the public to ensure that their personal possessions are secure at all times.

Please go to the Dorset Police website for crime prevention advice.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers or call Freephone 0800 555 111.