What was proposed by West Dorset District Council?
The Local Authority is required by Government to identify additional sites in Dorset for housing, so that 5,700 houses can be built. In their review of the Local Plan they have suggested land to the north of Dorchester should be allocated for building 3,500 houses.
You can find the full document here: www.dorsetforyou.com/local-plan-review
What will happen now that West Dorset District Council has disappeared?
WDDC has merged with other local councils to form the new unitary authority for Dorset. It will be the new Dorset Council which makes the decision about the allocation of housing land in the revised Local Plan. The new authority took over on 1 April 2019 and you can find details about the Council here.
Where is the site?
The proposed area is an arc of land from Charminster round to Stinsford, taking in the area just north of the watermeadows and the River Frome. It is a substantial area – at least one and a half times the size of the Duchy’s Poundbury development.
How much housing do we need?
We do need more affordable housing, but there is no guarantee that there will be any significant commitment from the developers to providing it. The North Dorchester Consortium of developers and landowners is backed by Persimmon plc and Grainger plc.
We think that local community land trusts are better placed to provide housing for local people.
What would the benefits be to Dorchester?
There is a summary of the pros and cons for Dorchester in the Town Council’s report here. STAND believes that there would be very few real benefits for the town – and significant damage.
If I want to protest about the proposal to build 3,500 houses on the countryside north of Dorchester how do I go about it?
Although the Local Plan Consultation has formally closed, you can still tell the local authority what you think by writing to:Local Plan Consultation, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org You might also want to send a copy to your local councillor.
How do I find the documents about this proposal?
You can read the documents that contribute to the Local Plan here.
Where could the housing go instead?
The brownfield sites’ register for the West Dorset area is here.