If you oppose the massive new housing estate planned for the scenic downland around Dorchester’s water meadows, now’s the chance to have your say.

The site, which would swallow up most of the showground, is on the edge of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The plan for 3,500 new homes – almost twice the size of Poundbury – has been slammed by conservationists, and would bring traffic gridlock to the town.

Now Dorset Council is asking residents and business owners what they think of its proposed four-year plan for Dorset. Although the new so-called ‘garden village’ would not be built in this timeframe, planning would be getting under way.

If you oppose it, add your comments in the box at the end of the survey.

The draft plan sets out where the council thinks it needs to focus to make Dorset a great place to live and work.  It incorporates the political vision of the elected councillors.

The proposed priorities are:

  • economic growth – we will deliver sustainable economic growth, increasing productivity and the number of jobs in Dorset, creating great places to live, work and visit
  • unique environment – we will help to deliver sustainable development whilst protecting and enhancing Dorset’s environment
  • suitable housing – we will facilitate the availability of more affordable, suitable and decent housing
  • strong, healthy communities – we will work with residents and partners to build and maintain strong communities where people get the best start and live fulfilling lives
  • staying safe and well – we will work with all our residents to have a good quality of life

Cllr. Spencer Flower, Leader of Dorset Council said: “We are ambitious for the people of Dorset and this plan sets out our proposals for what we believe Dorset Council should deliver over the next four years. Everyone will be affected by the plan.  That’s why it’s really important for the people of Dorset to have their say and tell us if they agree with our proposed priorities. Their views will help us shape the final Council Plan 2020-2024 which will be put before a meeting of the Full Council for approval in February 2020.”

Find out more about the draft Council Plan, proposed priorities and have your say in the  survey here. The consultation period runs until 20 December 2019.

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