"Woodhenge" © Tom Scrase

“Woodhenge” © Tom Scrase

Planners have recommended the granting of permission for a wooden sculpture of Stonehenge built in Worth Matravers.

The structure, built by Charlie Newman, the pub landlord of the Square and Compass, in time for the summer solstice in June 2015, did not originally have planning permission and Purbeck District Council gave him until 4 September last year to remove it. But following an online petition which attracted hundreds of signatures, and the submission by Mr Newman of a retrospective planning application for the structure, planners have recommended granting permission for a temporary two year period, subject to conditions.

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