Arne Parish


Arne is a rural parish with about 1,370 citizens in settlements from Worgret in the west to Arne hamlet in the east and Furzebrook Road to the south, with most people in villages at Ridge & Stoborough. Apart from a small proportion of mudflat and water to the east, the 29 km2 of the Parish is about half used for farming with a fifth heathland and a fifth woodland.


Latest News

Arne Moors Project 20 mph Speed Limit Proposed
23 Mar 2023

Stakeholder document, dated: 17th March 2023 Ref: TJF.018.23,


I have received an application from Kier to impose a 20mph speed limit on Various Roads, Stoborough & Ridge as listed; [i] New Road, Stoborough from the junction with B3075 to the junction with Arne Road; [ii] Arne Road, Ridge from the junction with New Road to a point 40 metres to the east of Soldiers Road (in both directions), a distance of approximately 2260 metres. The temporary speed limit has been requested to allow Kier agents working on behalf of Environment Agency to work on the Arne Moors Project (Planning Permission reference no. 2022/05149). The speed limit is required to manage health and safety risks associated with constrction traffic. These restrictions are programmed to commence from 1st May 2023 until 31st October 2024.

Kier will publicise the temporary speed limit in a number of ways: they will place information boards on the road in this area to inform the travelling public of the works; they will carry out a letter drop aswell as local engagement with local residents and key stakeholders directly affected by the works; and they will sign the temporary speed limit as well as a HGV diversion for construction related traffic. The following map shows the extent of the temporary speed limit.

This document is for information only, however if you have any concerns about this proposal, please contact Tom Faulkner, ( by 14th April 2023.

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Arne Moors Project Update
13 Mar 2023



Construction start date

Our earliest start on site for construction is currently 30 May 2023. This is when we anticipate all the planning conditions being discharged and all the contractual documentation being complete.


Traffic Management Plan

We are going to hold a public open event on Thurs 30 March 2023 2-7pm at Stoborough Village Hall in the back room.

The main focus of the event will be the Construction Traffic Management Plan (Planning Condition 6). The plan will be available, and key diagrams will be enlarged on display boards. A variety of project staff will be in attendance, including the Contractor’s Project Manager, to discuss any aspects of the plan.


Planning Applications
13 Mar 2023

The following planning applications have been received:-


P/PABA/2023/01405Proposal:Alteration of existing portal framed duo-pitched agricultural barn and removal of adjoining smaller timber and concrete blockwork barn.

Building of a new natural stone and timber boarded farm storage building with farm office above in space created by altering the existing

barnsLocation:Maranoa Slepe Farm

Corfe Castle

BH20 5BJ




RSPB Arne:-


Arne Application for a premises licence to be granted under the Licensing Act 2003.



P/FUL/2022/07955Proposal:Erection of 12 dwellings (Use Class C3), including access, drainage, landscaping and associated infrastructureLocation:Land at Stepping Stones Field




P/CLE/2022/07046 07046 Proposal:Overflow car park for RSPB Arne reserve visitors, required when permanent car park is full. Location:RSPB



P/HOU/2022/06129 Location: Kings Acre Grange Road Wareham BH20 5AL Proposal:

Erect 10 panel (3.6kW) ground mounted solar array within residential curtilage

Case Officer: To be allocated, please check the website for an update






Speed Watch
01 Mar 2023

Volunteers for Speed Watch Wardens


Wareham Town Council is embarking on a 'Speed Watch' initiative and is therefore seeking volunteers.   Full Training will be given.  If interested please contact the Parish Clerk who will forward your details.

Youth Group Planting at the Hayricks
28 Feb 2023

Youth Group plants more hedging at the Hayricks amenity area in Stoborough.

After the extreme drought last summer the hedgerow planted in Autumn 2021 by Arne Parish Council in conjunction with ‘Trees for Dorset’, ‘Planet Purbeck’, ‘Sustainable Wareham’, Stoborough Primary School and community volunteers needed some additions.

Fortunately, ‘Trees for Dorset’ were able to supply expertise and more trees. The ‘Purbeck Youth & Community Foundation’ were able to supply the volunteers. During the fine weather on Sunday the 26th Feb. they planted a further 50 hedge trees and also seeded some parts of the meadow with locally sourced wildflower seeds. Parish Councillors supplied refreshments to fuel their efforts. Altogether a successful and collaborative morning. We look forward to the Spring and Summer to see the results of their efforts. The parish hopes to engage the local youngsters in further wildlife projects since they have ably demonstrated their interest and competence.

The planted hedge joins up two existing hedges to provide a continuous wildlife corridor along which mammals, birds, insects can spread. As a habitat on its own it provides homes for many animals and plants; and, in addition, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere. Just some of the reasons hedges are so beneficial to the natural environment. 

Cllr. Ian Duckworth

Arne Parish Council