Parish Plan - Open Day 29th January, 2005


The purpose of the Open Day was to:

A number of excellent displays were on view with local and visiting experts available to discuss and explain the various topics. Exhibitors included:

Over 200 people attended during the day to the delight of the organisers and the general concensus was that it was an excellent day all round. In addition to the questionnaires that were handed in, a large number of other suggestions were made at the Open Day using Post-it notes. This data has been included in the questionnaire analysis.

Burton Bradstock Village - Then & Now - Comparisons of Census data:

Then - refers to the village around 1900 (including 1901 census information)

Now - refers to information from the 2001 census

Description: Then (1901): Now (2005):

Burton Bradstock


  • geared to self-sufficiency with a strong community spirit
  • a youthful community, more than a quarter of the population being children
  • transport links poor
  • most employment in the village, 70% on the land, sea or in the village flax mill
  • many shops, services and other amenities
  • tourism virtually unknown
  • most residents were tenants
  • reasonable transport links and 85% of the village has access to a car
  • villagers used to travelling further afield for goods and services, and now more reliant on infrastructure outside the village
  • tourism industry a major employer
  • now in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and next to the World Heritage Coastline
Total Village Population 574 979
Children as % of Population over 25% 12.6%
Villagers - Numbers Employed 256 (40% of village) 348 (36%)

Employment Areas
Burton Bradstock Population:

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing:

Tourism Related:



Nearly 40%




About 5%

More than 40%

Number of Dwellings 153 580

Average Dwelling Occupancy -

People per Household

3.75 1.69

Burton Bradstock - Trends and Issues:

  • The population has grown but the proportion of children is low, and more than a third is now aged 65 or over
  • Most residents are now owner-occupiers although 77 dwellings are second homes
  • Planning rules now applied to the village mean that a small number of authorised new dwellings built has restricted recent population growth. Only 27 dwellings have been built in the last 10 years
  • The village has a heritage of amenities established over the years by the thriving local community. Some are now mostly sustained through the Tourism Industry
  • As a result of a desirable location and these amenities, the village has become a "sought after" place to live in. These trends have caused escalating house prices
  • The trends evident in the village population, increasingly older but more affluent, could impact the basis on which the village has succeeded as a thriving community.

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