6 December 2010 - An application was submitted to the Licensing authority, for alcohol and music on some of the Northdown Farm land to the east of Sutton Road that was recently sold. Limited information can be found in the Weymouth & Portland Council licensing register (look for application 10/01491/LAPRE). This was in relation to proposed use of land for a temporary camp site, for a maximum of 28 days per year; the land-owner, Peter Broatch (who also owns the Eweleaze Farm site) wished to set up a temporary shop which would sell drinks, with 'background' music. Click here for a map that shows where the proposed site will be.

The Sutton Poyntz Society and over 100 villagers and other local people made representations to the Licensing Manager, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, North Quay, Weymouth DT4 8TA. These objections were considered on the basis of four criteria:

  • Crime and Disorder
  • Public Nuisance
  • Public Safety
  • Protection of children from harm

The letter of objection written by the Society may be viewed by clicking here.

A leaflet distributed locally by the Society is also available.

3 February 2011 The Licencing Committee, at their meeting on 3 February, approved the sale of alcohol on the land at Northdown Farm, but only for a maximum of 30 days per calendar year. They rejected the application for music. The conditions on which alcohol can be sold were as follows:

  • A maximum of 30 days per year, between the hours of 08:00 and 23:00
  • Sale to those booked in to the site as campers and their bona fide guests only
  • A mechanism to be created for dealing with noise complaints
  • Proof of age to be required, and a record to be kept of challenges and refusals on age grounds
  • Litter patrols at least twice a day
  • The access route to be kept clear and free of obstruction
  • Training for workers, with a training record kept.

Article 4 Direction The Sutton Poyntz Society concluded that nothing could be done about the alcohol license, but that it might be possible to prevent future camping, through what is known as an "Article 4 Direction". This is a mechanism that allows a planning authority (Weymouth & Portland Borough in this instance) to require a planning application to be submitted in particular cases, even though the law normally allows 28 days per year of non-farming use. The Sutton Poyntz Society wrote a Case, setting out why it believed such a Direction would be appropriate in this instance. The Case is based largely on the legal obligation of planning authorities to protect the "natural beauty" of sites within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Case has been submitted to Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, who will consider it at the end of this year's camping.

Click here to read our full Case, or a short summary.

Latest news We have heard that Paul Critchell, of White Horse Farm, is also intending to have a campsite this summer. His site will be limited to 30 pitches only.