“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
A statement from Cllr. Richard Biggs, Mayor of Dorchester, on “DOR 13”, the proposed north Dorchester site for 4000 houses in the Local Plan. "The Town Council have re-iterated their fundamental opposition to Policy DOR 13 and will be engaging professional expertise to develop a robust objection. A plan to build houses there in the … Continue reading We must defend Dorchester’s green lung
Cabinet, 8 December 2020
Public Questions and Statements
Full Council, 10 December 2020
Roads and pavements have been left unfinished as work starts on new houses, residents claim Residents on a new estate claim builders have left pavements incomplete, waste lying around and raised drains that damage car tyres. Persimmon Homes was last month given the go-ahead to build another 102 properties at Parc Derwen, in Coity, Bridgend. Read … Continue reading Persimmon Homes branded ‘shambolic’
A piece from the Dorset Echo online The government dictate that the council must have a development plan. The council can only use government approved algorithms and methodology to assess the numbers of houses. That methodology is NOT based purely on need but includes provision for growth. You'll be told that x number of jobs … Continue reading Living in the shire
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
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 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.
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
15 October 2020 Question 1 Submitted by: Geoffrey Chopping The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government produced a white paper entitled PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE in August 2020. The paper suggests some radical proposals to reform the planning process, in order to speed up the planning process, with land being classified as: Growth Areas; … Continue reading Q&A Full Council Public Participation