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To: West Dorset District Council and its successor, 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 WDDC to share the proposed house building targets more equably across the district.

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More details on the development can be found here

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How it will be delivered

The petition was delivered in person to WDDC on 8 October to meet the consultation deadline, but we are keeping it going until the new Dorset Council makes the decision later this year (2019). We will present the petition again at a meeting of the new Council, so that all new councillors are aware of it.

West Dorset District

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Reasons for signing

  • We need to leave a better natural legacy for future generations. Come on Dorset Councillors - please step up to the plate.
  • Special green land like this is needed more than housing developments like this
  • Dorchester has already spread beyond its natural boundaries and is in danger of losing its character - if it has not already.


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