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To: Dorset Council

STAND - Save The Area North of Dorchester

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 Dorset Council to share the proposed house building targets more equably across the county and to take its climate change and ecological emergency responsibilities seriously.

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How it will be delivered

The updated petition will be delivered at the end of the consultation period for the new Dorset Council Local Plan in spring 2021.
The original petition was delivered to West Dorset District Council on 8 October 2018 to meet the consultation deadline at that stage. WDDC is now part of the Dorset Council unitary authority and the new council is producing a new Local Plan, in which this same area is included as one of the options for large-scale development.

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Reasons for signing

  • We can convert the increasing amount of empty buildings within the town centre for affordable housing rather than building on the countryside.
  • Building in the beautiful countryside will destroy wildlife habitats and environment. There are plenty of empty buildings and brownfield sites that could be utilised instead and we need to ensure that affordable housing is there for local people
  • I feel there needs to be a serious look in to the infrastructure already in place. The industrial estates at the Marabout, Railway Triangle, London Road should all be relocated to a purpose built area on the outskirts of town with better transport links and more up to date and fit for purpose buildings and roads. The industrial areas we currently have weren't built for HGV traffic and the units aren't fit for purpose. These areas could then be sympathetically re developed to provide housing.


2020-12-06 16:14:45 +0000

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2018-09-28 08:49:55 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-09-14 07:27:20 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-09-11 18:37:30 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-09-11 17:20:07 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-09-11 14:59:20 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-09-11 13:24:49 +0100

10 signatures reached