The North Dorchester Consortium previously commissioned research to better understand the benefits residents wish to see future developments bring to the area, and what would attract potential residents most. In our ongoing willingness to listen to the views of the local community, we have relaunched the survey and are keen to know your thoughts.
You can see the results of the information here.
At an appropriate time, we will be holding a public consultation – both in person and online – so that local residents and any interested parties can learn more about the plans, ask any questions they may have and give us their feedback. In the interim, we are very happy to meet with any interested groups to discuss the proposals for the North Dorchester Garden Community.
North Dorchester was considered as a potential option as far back as 1987 when the strategic housing needs of Dorchester were last settled. Four subsequent rounds of Plan-making are now finally pointing towards NorthDorchester as this generation’s response to the needs of the County Town.
North Dorchester is mooted as an option for the expansion of Dorchester. The Council eventually selects Poundbury, which commenced in 1993.
The revised Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the South West is published identifying 7,500 new dwellings at Dorchester. The Council commissions a study to consider possible sites, including North Dorchester
The new coalition Government announces the abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies, delegating these matters to local authorities. All work on the RSS stops
West Dorset and Portland Councils begin work on a new joint plan
The Plan proposes development of up to 1,500 homes at Crossways, instead of development at Dorchester, although it concedes that further sites around Dorchester will be required in later stages of the Plan.
WDDC revises its draft Plan and consults on an additional 1,000 homes south east of Dorchester and 700 homes at Crossways. The Council eventually abandons south east Dorchester as an option due to opposition.
The Planning Inspector concludes the Examination into the 2015 Local Plan. He concludes Crossways cannot meet the needs of the County town. The Plan is adopted only on the basis of a swift review to look at alternatives around Dorchester
The Review of the Local Plan to look at additional sites to meet Dorchester’s need commences
West Dorset District Council publishes its Issues and Options Plan, identifying North Dorchester as the largest single growth option for Dorchester outside the AONB.
The Council publishes its Preferred Options for growth around Dorchester, including a Vision for the development of North Dorchester.
The North Dorchester Consortium seeks views on how the development can be shaped to meet the needs of the entire County town.
Work on the West Dorset Plan is halted. A new Local Plan for the new Council gets underway.
The successful bid was supported by the North Dorchester Consortium comprising Grainger plc and Charles Church. We are working collaborative to provide Dorchester with the homes and jobs it needs to do so sensitively and sustainably.
Dorset Council begin consulting on a Draft Local Plan Options Consultation, which includes the proposed allocation of the North Dorchester site.
Dorset Council appoints HYAS to coordinate a masterplan for North Dorchester.
Due to proposed changes in the planning system and the need to prepare more technical evidence, Dorset Council delays its next draft of the Local Plan until 2024
The Government launches its consultation on the reform of the planning system. It restates its commitment to delivering 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.
The North Dorchester Consortium has supported Dorset Council’s plan-making process over the last 7 years and is participating fully in the masterplanning exercise. We are awaiting the outcome of that process before setting out the sequence and timing of our response.