“The building of 4,000 houses to the north of Dorchester would ruin acres of beautiful West Dorset countryside and irreversibly change the character of our historic county town. A mass development of thousands of houses is completely unnecessary at a time when our small villages need modest, sustainable house building, particularly to provide for local people and key workers.

New homes in West Dorset should enrich our local communities – providing local homes and securing the future of our village schools, shops, garages, and churches – rather than fuelling evermore urban sprawl and lining the pockets of large corporate developers”