What is STAND?

We’re a group of local people campaigning against the proposal to build 3,500 houses on countryside to the north of Dorchester in Dorset.

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At Coker’s Frome by H.J.Moule. Little has changed since this was painted in 1884, and the sharp cut-off between town and country has been here since Roman times.

This is a much-loved area of the countryside, largely unchanged since Thomas Hardy’s day. A building development of 3,500 houses here would change the character of Dorchester deeply and irrevocably. It will have a considerable impact on local services and traffic, but provide no guarantee of affordable housing. It will devastate the countryside and could damage our tourist industry.

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Where is the site?

The map shows the proposed site in red. The grey area is the existing town of Dorchester and the blue area shows the size the Poundbury development will be when it is finished.

The developers are the North Dorchester Consortium, which includes Persimmon Homes.


Why we’re objecting

There are a number of grounds for objecting to this development, including:

  • Impact on Dorchester
  • Connection to Dorchester and road links
  • Impact on the environment
  • Impact on the heritage
  • Impact on our tourism

The appeal of Dorset to visitors and many residents is its countryside and coast, its smaller scale towns and villages, the importance of its farming and food production, arts and crafts and the opportunity for greener lifestyles. Dorchester is not one of those commuter-belt towns of the south-east; developments like this could severely damage the Dorset ‘brand’.

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Sign our petition

Reject the inclusion in the Local Plan of the area north of Dorchester as a preferred option for major building development.

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We are raising much needed funds

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