Welcome to the Throop Village Conservation Group Website. We are a newly formed group concerned about the historic, heritage village of Throop & Muccleshell in Bournemouth. The village is located within a Conservation Area and Green Belt within the Stour Valley in Dorset. It is the last bastion of a truly rural environment within the conurbation, and we aim to keep it that way!
At the heart of the village is Hicks Farm which is home to the largest cluster of listed buildings within the Borough. Owned by Bournemouth Borough Council, the farm and adjacent buildings have been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair.
It has recently come to light that the council intends to develop Hicks Farm into a large commercial 'community farm'. It appears that they have been researching and planning this for quite some time - and in fact are very advanced with their thinking on this project.
This citation below is from the Councils own Conservation policy document - and yet all of their ideas and plans are in contravention of this:
'A Majority of buildings are listed in the northern part of the village and the setting of these buildings together with the remaining open areas, views, trees and hedgerows must be protected to retain the rural character of the area. In addition to complying with general conservation policies with the village of Throop the sitting of any new agricultural building shall be within an existing group and be positioned as to avoid interference with views into, out from or within the village.'
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