Statement from Chris Loder MP | West Dorset

“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 … Continue reading Statement from Chris Loder MP | West Dorset

MP condemns the proposed development north of Dorchester

FROM THE OFFICE OF CHRIS LODER MPMember of Parliament for West Dorset PRESS RELEASE MP condemns the proposed development north of Dorchester in Parliament Today in the House of Commons, during a speech following the Chancellor’s statement, West Dorset MP Chris Loder condemned the development of 3,500 houses to the north of Dorchester, as proposed … Continue reading MP condemns the proposed development north of Dorchester

How many of these houses would be truly affordable, or for social rent?

What’s going on...? Developers often avoid building affordable/social housing in their developments. They claim it would make their whole scheme ‘financially unviable’. The 5 acre Dorchester Prison site, which will have no affordable/social housing, is a classic example. To avoid the legal fees associated with an appeal by developers, Dorset Council rarely challenge this practice. » … Continue reading How many of these houses would be truly affordable, or for social rent?

The tax loophole that will allow the Ilchester Estate to make millions.

The tax loophole that will allow the Ilchester Estate to make millions out of the North Dorchester development. It’s the last day for responses to the Government’s latest proposals to reform the planning system, to “level up” and solve the housing crisis, if you believe the spin. The proposals include zoning land (at a large scale) … Continue reading The tax loophole that will allow the Ilchester Estate to make millions.

STAND walk arranged in conjunction with the Thomas Hardy Society

On Sunday (25th October) 17 people joined a walk, led jointly by STAND and the Thomas Hardy Society, across much of the countryside threatened by the development north of Dorchester. Field behing the Sun Inn.This field lies immediately behind and to the north of the Sun Inn in Lower Burton. An arm of the proposed … Continue reading STAND walk arranged in conjunction with the Thomas Hardy Society