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
Planning affects us all. The Council’s planning policies are set out in Local Plans which are the legal starting point in determining planning applications. Public and stakeholder engagement is an important part of the plan making process. Involving residents, businesses, organisations, experts, infrastructure providers and town and parish councils allows local knowledge and expertise to be gathered … Continue reading Dorset Council Local Plan Consultation – we need your views.
To save this area of countryside we need as many people as possible to write in. You can respond to the survey here or you can write your own letter and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to: Dorset Local Plan Consultation, Council Offices, South Walks House, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UZ. We have written some … Continue reading Dorset Council’s Local Plan consultation is now open!
“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?