The North Dorchester Consortium, formed of Grainger and Charles Church, is supporting Dorset Council’s proposal to create a new neighbourhood on the northern edge of the County Town.
New images have recently been unveiled of the proposed development and fresh details of the plans have been released to the public.
The Consortium believes North Dorchester to be the best location for a natural extension for the town, forming a sustainably designed community of new homes and jobs, alongside generous parks and open space. The plans also provide new infrastructure and services for Dorchester, including a new three tier education campus and a new medical centre.
People interested in receiving the latest information regarding progress of the new homes can register their interest on this new website.
The proposals for the North Dorchester Garden Community include a new 200 acre, publicly accessible, Frome Valley Country Park and nature reserve. The new country park would form an addition to the Hardy Trail, with an accompanying visitor centre to encourage tourism.
A new link road created between the A37 and A35 to the north of the town would help relieve traffic on the southern bypass and on Dorchester’s High Street.
The 3,500 proposed new homes in the North Dorchester Garden Community would be a mixture of affordable housing for purchase and rent, along with private homes, helping to meet the significant housing need identified in Dorchester, particularly for those looking to get on the housing ladder for the first time. They will be highly energy efficient homes, which will look to reduce carbon emissions and household energy costs.
The Consortium has ambitions to create one new job for every house planned, from employment associated with the construction over several years, as well as the provision of a new business park to provide modern business space.
A spokesperson for the North Dorchester Consortium commented: “This area is a logical and sensible choice for future development as it unlocks the investment, setting aside a substantial area of the Frome Valley as a park for public access and nature recovery. We are not just building homes: there will be shops, schools and services such as a medical centre, as well as one job for every house built. We want the North Dorchester Garden Community to benefit the whole town, not just the new residents. We encourage people to explore this new website to see what is planned, and to register their interest in receiving further updates as we bring this site forward.”
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