1,000 signatures reached
To: West Dorset District Council
STAND - Save The Area North of Dorchester
Reject the inclusion in the Local Plan of the area north of Dorchester as a preferred option for major building development.
Why is this important?
The building of 3,500 houses to the north of the town is being proposed in a revised local plan.
This would radically and irrevocably change the character of the town.
One of the defining features of Dorchester is the sharp cut off between town and countryside. Once building has been allowed on the slopes beyond the watermeadows, what’s to stop the town sprawling over the countryside? Shouldn’t we be protecting our environment, agriculture and our tourist industry?
Although there’s a need for affordable housing, there is no guarantee of how much of such a development would be affordable; recent figures for East Dorset show that 25% of housing there is bought by Londoners. We call on WDDC to share the proposed house building targets more equably across the district.
More details can be found here https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning-buildings-land/planning-policy/west-dorset-and-weymouth-portland/local-plan-review/local-plan-review-consultation-west-dorset-weymouth-portland.aspx
You can follow updates in Dorchester's community magazine, Dorchester Voice here: http://dorchestervoice.co.uk
How it will be delivered
The petition was delivered in person to WDDC on 8 October to meet the consultation deadline, but we will keep it going until the Council meets to make the final decision.