Make a stand during this consultation period before our landscape is lost forever.
To do this please use the following links and submit your response by Monday 15 March 2021:
- write an email to your local MP Chris Loder firstname.lastname@example.org or write a letter to Chris Loder MP, House of Commons, Westminster, SW1 OAA
- email the Spatial Planning Department at Dorset Council email@example.com or write a letter Spatial Planning Dept, Dorset Council, South Walks House, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ
- email the landowners Ilchester Estates firstname.lastname@example.org and Cokers Frome Ltd, DT2 7SD
We’re a group of local people campaigning against the proposal to build over 4,000 houses on countryside to the north of Dorchester in Dorset.
Size of the proposed 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.
This is a much-loved area of the countryside, largely unchanged since Thomas Hardy’s day. A building development of over 4,000 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, the wildlife and could damage our tourist industry.
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’.
Sign our petition
Reject the inclusion in the Local Plan of the area north of Dorchester as a preferred option for major building development.
We need funds to raise awareness of this threat
Every single contribution, however small, is greatly appreciated. Donations of any size are welcome and you can rest assured that all the money will be used to raise people’s awareness of this important issue.
make a stand during this consultation period before our landscape is lost forever. To do this please use the following links and submit your response by Monday 15 March 2021: