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Dorchester’s Marks & Spencer store is set to shut its doors for the last time in February despite a campaign to keep the store open.

More than 5,000 people signed a petition, which was sent to the struggling retailer calling for a rethink – but to no avail. A staff member told the Voice the store...

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The huge proposed housing development on the downs north of Dorchester, sprawling down onto the edge of the water meadows – a landscape made famous by Thomas Hardy – is being opposed both by the Council to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and STAND, a pressure group of town residents.

It has now emerged that the town...

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A huge solar farm could be built on the edge of Dorchester that would provide enough power for 6,000 homes.

The 86-acre site is on the opposite side of Slyer’s Lane to a solar farm that was refused permission in 2014.

The new farm would contain more than 36,000 panels mounted in 3-metre high arrays.

The move has...

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A Dorchester vet has been hailed a hero after she saved the life of a dog who swallowed a nine-inch stick.

Against all the odds, four-year-old spaniel Brook has made a full recovery thanks to the quick thinking and expertise of Dorchester’s Medivet 24 Hour veterinary surgeon Verity Griffiths, who removed the stick – still in...

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It’s official! Dorchester has officially been named one of the UK’s happiest towns.

Those of us who live here have always known that it’s a great place, but now Rightmove has put Dorchester in the top 10 happiest places to live.

The property website carried out a study of 22,000 people and asked them to rank how...

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Plans to build a new housing estate just 300 yards from the Grade I listed Elizabethan Wolfeton House have been turned down by a planning inspector.

The developers, Land Value Alliances, had appealed against the decision by the former West Dorset District Council to refuse permission for 120 houses on the 15-acre site south of Westleaze...

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