The village centre has the largest concentration of facilities. However, it is important to recognise that what is on offer does not satisfy the everyday needs of residents. As the population grows older the requirement for easily accessible goods and services will become increasingly important. The LMNP will therefore look to protect what facilities are there now while being supportive of new shopping facilities providing that the existing businesses are not harmed:
Policy 9 – Any proposal for the development of shopping facilities in Lytchett Matravers will be supported, provided there is no adverse impact on the character and amenity of nearby residential areas, the viability and vitality of existing businesses. Proposals which would result in the loss of sites used (or last used) for local shopping facilities (or any other use falling within Part A of the Use Classes Order) will not be supported unless it can be demonstrated there is no reasonable prospect of viable continued use for similar local shopping or community uses, by having been marketed at a reasonable price for at least nine months.
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