Protest over new housing for Dorchester

Protest over new housing for Dorchester

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:17am 20th May 2019.

Campaigners lobby new council.

Dorchester North protestors were amongst those keen to catch the ear of new Dorset Council members at their first meeting.

The group joined other protestors outside South Walks House as business got underway on Thursday.

During the public session of the meeting Phillip Jordan called on the council to re-consider the proposals for 3,500 homes north of the county town.

He said that the scheme failed failed the test of heritage and environment and failed to address climate change issues.

He said better ways of providing homes should be looked at including converting un-used space above many Dorchester shops and building on brownfield sites.

In a briefing note for councillors Kate Hebditch from the STAND group ( Save the Area North of Dorchester) outlined the objections including a lack of connection to Dorchester with a floodplain between; a significant increase in traffic; damage to the area’s heritage and tourism industry and the impact on local services.

“We urge you to prioritise the provision of affordable housing for local need at a sustainable level, so that massive housing companied such as Persimmon (the backers of the site) cannot claim that this scale of development is the only way to tackle the issue,” she said.

Planning brief holder Cllr David Walsh said the proposal would be decided during the course of the review of the Local Plan and warned that to meet the Government’s housing need targets further greenfield sites, in addition to Dorchester North, were likely to be needed.

Charminster Cllr David Taylor said the proposal were a potential problem adding to predicted traffic levels in the area by at least ten per cent and also having an impact on local services – he also called for the project to be stopped.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter

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