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Dorchester’s new Thomas Hardy Theatre could be open within four years, with the help of lottery funding.

The news comes with the unveiling of the latest phase of Brewery Square – a public square complete with a spectacular multi-jet water fountain, fronted by Wagamama, Pizza Express and Zizzi.

The new phase also creates a short-cut through the...

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Prince Charles has visited Poundbury to mark the 20th anniversary of the innovative development – now home to more than 2,000 people.

The Prince popped into shops and talked to residents during his tour, as well as visiting an exhibition marking the anniversary.

And the soon-to-be grandfather got in...

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A competition has been launched to find the most imaginative way of redeveloping Dorchester’s empty Charles Street site in a way that enhances the town’s tourist appeal.

The contest, backed by the Civic Society, wants a creative new solution for the site – currently used as a car park – that builds on the town’s cultural...

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A new word has entered the English language – not a particularly attractive one, but of vital importance to our future: ‘hyperlocalism’.

After decades in which big newspaper groups have been closing down local titles and pulling back staff to remote, out-of-touch regional centres, a new breed of ‘hyperlocal’ community newspapers is proving that people really...

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Campaigners have vowed to fight on against plans to build up to 1,000 new homes in a beautiful valley overlooked by Thomas Hardy’s former home, Max Gate.

The site, between the bypass and the Broadmayne road and known as Came View, was adopted into the draft Local Plan by West Dorset District Council in March, but...

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Poundbury farmers’ market has moved to a new home in Queen Mother Square, in front of Little Waitrose.

The popular market – which has hosted celebrities such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – moved from its old site near Brownsword Hall to the new venue on April 6.
To help celebrate the move, Tim Attril, chef from the...

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