Kingston Maurward College, based in a Georgian manor house surrounded by parkland, lies at the heart of Stinsford parish. Both the house and the parkland are protected for their historic interest. Kingston Maurward, the only college for land-based skills in Dorset, has over 900 full-time students, 400 apprentices and many more students on part-time courses.
Kingston Maurward's Board of Governors wish to secure the College's future, in a time of very limited government funding for education. They have commissioned a masterplan to guide development for the next ten years. The plan, at this stage, shows concepts and desires, not formal planning proposals. Specific planning applications will need to be made for each development, which will be staged over a 10-year programme, outlined in the plan.
Ideas in the masterplan include moving the dairy to a position near Higher Bockhampton, extending the Studio School, creating new sports pitches near Hollow Hill, new incubator business units at Stinsford Farm, and four small groups of new houses as enabling development to generate capital to fund the other improvements.
The updated plan as of September 2019 can be downloaded and viewed below.
Stinsford Neighbourhood Plan group has submitted comments to the College for the January plan, which can be uploaded from the response document below. Stinsford Parish Council has also commented, on an earlier draft of the plan, and their comments can be viewed on the same web page as above.