Local communities and organisations in the Purbeck area of Dorset are invited to share their ideas on tranquillity in a series of group meetings being held this month at West Lulworth (14 May) and Harman’s Cross (21 May).
These sessions are the first stage in research led by the University of Winchester. The results will contribute to a new approach to how planning decisions can take account of the need to enhance tranquillity in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
“Whilst local ideas on tranquillity would seem purely academic, the output of the project is wholly practical in using local views to inform the design of a planning tool to support development decisions and enhance tranquillity in the Dorset AONB,” said Dr Denise Hewlett of the University of Winchester, who is the Principal Investigator on the project. “Our project is designed to build on previous studies including opening the research as broadly as possible to include views of not only local organisations, landowners and user groups but also the wider community of residents and businesses in the Purbeck area.”
Tom Munro, Manager of the Dorset AONB added: “Tranquillity is something that makes up what we think of as natural beauty, and is one of the reasons the Dorset AONB was designated.
“We hope this research will help us better understand the elements of tranquillity, and enable us to plan for sometimes competing objectives to promote the economic and social wellbeing of residents alongside protecting our beautiful landscapes and fantastic wildlife.”
The project is supported by Dorset AONB and Dorset County Council. To find out more visit www.winchester.ac.uk/tranquillity