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To: West Dorset District 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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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.

West Dorset District

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Reasons for signing

  • To keep something from the past being completely destroyed by this unspeakable development.
  • I feel very strongly that it is essential that we protect our countryside and agricultural land. If properties need to be built they should be confined to 'brown field' sites.
  • I want to hand on to future generations the complete joy and wonder of this beautiful literacy landscape with all the connections which inform the life and writings of England's greatest poet. It is vital for the future of tourism as well, that visitors/pilgrims can find the landscapes and scenes of Hardy's life and works


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