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New Affordable Homes Planned for Dorchester


7:27am 16th January 2013
(Updated 9:24am 16th January 2013)

Up to 1,000 new homes could be built near Dorchester.

West Dorset District Council has given the green light to start consultation on the idea at the end of the month.

The site is South East of the County Town and 35% of the 1,000 homes would be affordable housing.

There would also be community facilities, offices and industrial units.

The new location has been found after strong opposition against developments at Barton Farm in Sherborne, Hollymoor Lane in Beaminster and in Crossways.

This alternative site near Dorchester would see those reduced in size.

You'll get to have your say at the end of the month.

Cllr Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "The Local Plan is very important for West Dorset as it will identify the sites for development to support future housing need.

"It is very important we gather the views of local people about how they want the future growth and development in the area managed.

"The consultation events regarding the proposed Dorchester site will be a valuable opportunity for local communities to actively share their views and participate in discussions and we urge people to come along and take part."

The public consultation will take place between 31 January - 14 March 2013. Details can be found at

Drop in sessions for the public to find out about this consultation will be held at:

South Walks House (New Council Offices), Dorchester: Wednesday 27 February 1-7pm

Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne: Thursday 28 February 1-7pm

Beaminster Town Hall, Beaminster: Tuesday 5 March 1-7pm

Crossways Village Hall, Crossways: Wednesday 6 March 1-7pm

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