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 !
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
It’s a crisp morning, and an enthusiastic bunch of Under-10s footballers run out onto the pitch. They’re in full kit – red and black stripes, black shorts and red and black socks, the colours of Saffron Walden Community FC in North Essex. But these ultra-keen youngsters have no fixture this pre-lockdown weekend. They’re not allowed … Continue reading Inside report: how all-powerful housebuilders like Persimmon have created a national housing crisis
The hedgerow on the skyline is the site of a Bronze Age cemetery. People have lived, farmed and died here for thousands of years. Thank you, Alistair,As a resident of Frome Whitfield, I am obviously biased in my answer to your question, and while trying not to be a NIMBY, the main reasons in order … Continue reading Against DOR 13: Letter from a Frome Whitfield resident
59 View Road Calistoga, California 94515 USA January 13,2021 Local Plan Consultation, Dorset Council, South Walks House, Dorchester DT1 1UZ RE: Proposed North Dorchester Development - DOR13 Dear Sir, I entreat you not to proceed with the proposed North Dorchester Development. Your countryside is a precious heritage; once squandered, it will not return. Even more … Continue reading Letter from the USA – RE: Proposed North Dorchester Development – DOR13
Dear Sirs,I write on behalf of Thomas Hardy Society, which is an international literary society with over one thousand members, dedicated to the promotion of the works of Thomas Hardy, and the preservation of the countryside, which features so prominently in Hardy’s novels and poems. I write to object in the strongest possible terms to … Continue reading Letter from the Thomas Hardy Society
This document is written for the non-specialist without knowledge of the planning system, but with an interest in new homes and how and where we are building them. It concentrates on the new ‘garden communities’ that are envisaged by government as offering a solution different from the usual car-based dormitory estates that we are so … Continue reading Garden village dream or tarmac estate?