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Campaigners fighting plans to build 1,000 new homes in a beautiful valley overlooked by Thomas Hardy’s former home, Max Gate, have won a temporary reprieve.

The site, known as Came View, lies between the Dorchester bypass and the Broadmayne road and was earmarked for housing in the draft Local Plan – which decides long-term planning strategy.

However,...

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Dorchester’s Business Improvement District (BID) has set out its case to win re-election by the town’s traders in June.

The scheme has to be voted on every five years, and raises a levy of roughly £100,000 per year from businesses to improve the town.

The BID has been under fire over the past couple of years, but...

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A new parking scheme could arrive in Dorchester this summer, revolutionising the way people pay for their car parking.

The pay-on-exit pilot scheme would do away with pay-and-display parking, and use the latest automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to work out how long people have parked.

Shoppers would pay at a machine before leaving the car...

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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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