These are the “chat” bar comments made during the STAND Zoom public meeting held on Thursday evening (11th February 2021). The 75 places available for the meeting were all taken within 3 hours. This is not only a measure of interest in the Local Plan, but a clear indication of people’s concerns about its proposals … Continue reading Comments made during the STAND Zoom public meeting
Protecting our Archaeological Heritage – a Discussion Paper Dorset Council’s draft local plan Options Consultation document for Central Dorset (Vol 2) refers to Dorchester’s ‘rich heritage dating back to pre-Roman era’, (23.6.44) but other than a passing reference to Maiden Castle, there is no further explanation regarding the area’s extraordinary prehistory; the emphasis is on … Continue reading Protecting our Archaeological Heritage
Hardy’s Loss In Mellstock Church lies Hardy’s heart, his Casterbridge nearby, But there’s a threat could mean we lose his landscape and his sky ! His Parish it could soon be lost under concrete, brick and tar, Four thousand houses could be built and each will have its car. This will not help with climate … Continue reading Hardy’s Loss
North of Dorchester Development OYEZ ! OYEZ ! OYEZ ! We are facing our finale, if we lose our northern edge, If we lose this open country with each tree and ancient hedge. We are a very special town, our Roman bounds unchanged; Should we despoil two thousand years ? Do you believe we’ll gain … Continue reading OYEZ ! OYEZ ! OYEZ !
As Poundbury nears completion the planning authority, Dorset Council are developing ideas for a further phase of growth to the north of the town across the water meadows, repeating a proposal made by West Dorset Council in . Read the newsletter article (pdf opens in new tab/window)
Many of you (1400 actually) objected to the development of this site when you were consulted in 2018 by West Dorset District Council. It is important you understand that any objection you made then, WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED as part of the current Public Consultation on the Local Plan. In other words you will need … Continue reading 2018 Objections not considered
This dry valley will be the site of several Attenuation Ponds intended to cope with the massive run off and pollution from the link road and development. A genuine consultation? A consultation should identify the key issues facing the county, invite views on local housing needs and more generally on what the local plan should … Continue reading Consultation… what consultation?
NEXT EVENING TALK: THE NEW LOCAL PLAN The next online talk is on Tuesday 2 February at 7.30 pm, via Zoom. Hilary Jordan, Dorset Council’s Service Manager for Spatial Planning, will be speaking about the new Local Plan, which, of course, includes the potential DOR 13 (North of Dorchester) development. The Zoom invitation Topic: DCS … Continue reading Dorchester Civic Society Talk
Dorset CPRE regrets that the Dorset Council has not adequately consulted communities before it issued its draft Local Plan. We also regret that Dorset Council has not challenged central housing targets which are way in excess of any sensible forecast of local housing need (see below link to Dorset Housing Needs Evidence Report). Read the article … Continue reading Dorset CPRE Slams Council Local Plan
Environmental group fighting planning decision in Oxfordshire says it's expecting go national with campaign. Is Dorset Council in the same position as South Oxfordshire District Council in that the Minister might decide to over-ride any local decision on DOR 13 (or other development sites in the Local Plan) and force it through regardless ? Read … Continue reading Activists take Robert Jenrick to court to halt green belt house building