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Dorchester Town Council has voted unanimously to object to the development of 3,500 houses north of Dorchester.

Planners from West Dorset District Council (WDDC), determined to meet new government housing quotas, are eyeing up the rolling downs north of the river to build the vast new scheme, which would be bigger than Poundbury.

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“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”, as the song goes. This is what our local planners will discover if they pursue their intention of allocating a vast swathe of land north of Dorchester for housing in the revised Local Plan.

One of the most distinctive things about Dorchester is the sharp cut-off between...

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By Town Crier Alistair Chisholm

A planning application to develop north of Dorchester was turned down by a planning inspector in 1988 on the grounds of the area’s “timelessness”, cultural significance for Thomas Hardy’s writings and importance in Henry Moule’s paintings.

Nothing changes “timelessness” and its unique contribution to both the look and feel of Dorchester.

If you...

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A bid to build a huge new retail park on the site of Dorchester’s historic charter market has been quietly dropped by councillors.

But the market still looks set to be moved – with plans drawn up to relocate it to the Waitrose end of the Charles Street car park.

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Tickets have gone on sale for this year’s Dorchester Literature Festival, taking place from the 17-21 October and promising a fascinating line-up.

Over the five days there will be more than 30 speakers, including Julian Fellowes, Joanna Trollope, Orla Kiely, Jeremy Vine, Lynne Truss, Judy Murray, Mark Austin and Vince Cable.

Authors will be talking on subjects...

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There’s great news for Dorchester book-lovers. Julian Nangle, who, as many will remember, ran the much-lamented secondhand bookshop Words Etc in South Street a few years ago, has opened a new secondhand and antiquarian bookshop at 25 High East Street, Dorchester.

The new shop, Books Beyond Words, opened at the end of July, and is a...

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