Initial Proposals

We have previously consulted the public on our initial ideas. The plan below shows the Consortium’s initial thoughts on what features and benefits North Dorchester Garden Community could provide.

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You can also download our exhibition boards which supported the 2018 West Dorset Preferred Options consultation in 2018 here.

  • Ecological enhancement areas will be included throughout the town. These areas will not be publicly accessible and will allow for the free movement of native wildlife.
  • Ecological enhancement areas will be included throughout the town. These areas will not be publicly accessible and will allow for the free movement of native wildlife.
  • Ecological enhancement areas will be included throughout the town. These areas will not be publicly accessible and will allow for the free movement of native wildlife.
  • A new business/employment park will provide modern accommodation as well as job opportunities for the town.
  • A new cemetery will be located on the edge of the town.
  • The Frome Valley Park will feature a visitor centre, which will orientate users of the water meadows and provide a focus for heritage trails in and around the town. Catering and bar facilities could also be supported within the facility.
  • The focal point of the plan will be the creation of an 80 hectare (200 acre) Park along the River Frome. This will include new nature reserves, and sports pitches, wetland habitats, an echo of the historic water meadows that once dominated the Frome Valley. This will provide a significant recreational facility in the heart of Dorchester, and will serve as a new focus for the entire community.
  • The proposed pedestrian and cycle connections across the Park will mean the centre of Dorchester is just a few minutes’ walk away.
  • The proposed pedestrian and cycle connections across the Park will mean the centre of Dorchester is just a few minutes’ walk away.
  • A new East-West Link Road around the north of the town will provide a direct route from the A35 to the B3147/A37, bypassing the Stinsford roundabout and easing pressure on the southern stretches of the bypass, as well as the High Street.
  • North Dorchester will be large enough to support a new education campus including, primary, middle and high school, relieving pressure on the over-subscribed schools in the town.
  • Each neighbourhood will have a commercial centre providing an attractive heart with shops, offices and, where appropriate, medical facilities. The overall aim will be to meet the residents’ daily needs within a 5-10 minutes walk.
  • Each neighbourhood will have a commercial centre providing an attractive heart with shops, offices and, where appropriate, medical facilities. The overall aim will be to meet the residents’ daily needs within a 5-10 minutes walk.
  • Each neighbourhood will have a commercial centre providing an attractive heart with shops, offices and, where appropriate, medical facilities. The overall aim will be to meet the residents’ daily needs within a 5-10 minutes walk.
  • A Hardy Trail will traverse the water meadows, connecting various literary and literal references to Thomas Hardy, enabling residents and visitors to appreciate the rich history of the Frome Valley.
  • To promote sustainable travel, Westleaze could be downgraded to a bus and cycle only corridor. Access for residents and businesses would be unaffected.
  • Green corridors will thread through the neighbourhoods providing links into the town and the surrounding countryside.
  • Green corridors will thread through the neighbourhoods providing links into the town and the surrounding countryside.
  • An area of parkland will be re-instated as water meadows, reminiscent of the previous function of the Frome Valley.
  • Ecological enhancement areas will be included throughout the town. These areas will not be publicly accessible and will allow for the free movement of native wildlife.
  • A new business/employment park will provide modern accommodation as well as job opportunities for the town.
  • A new cemetery will be located on the edge of the town.
  • The Frome Valley Park will feature a visitor centre, which will orientate users of the water meadows and provide a focus for heritage trails in and around the town. Catering and bar facilities could also be supported within the facility.
  • The focal point of the plan will be the creation of an 80 hectare (200 acre) Park along the River Frome. This will include new nature reserves, and sports pitches, wetland habitats, an echo of the historic water meadows that once dominated the Frome Valley. This will provide a significant recreational facility in the heart of Dorchester, and will serve as a new focus for the entire community.
  • The proposed pedestrian and cycle connections across the Park will mean the centre of Dorchester is just a few minutes’ walk away.
  • A new East-West Link Road around the north of the town will provide a direct route from the A35 to the B3147/A37, bypassing the Stinsford roundabout and easing pressure on the southern stretches of the bypass, as well as the High Street.
  • North Dorchester will be large enough to support a new education campus including, primary, middle and high school, relieving pressure on the over-subscribed schools in the town.
  • Each neighbourhood will have a commercial centre providing an attractive heart with shops, offices and, where appropriate, medical facilities. The overall aim will be to meet the residents’ daily needs within a 5-10 minutes walk.
  • A Hardy Trail will traverse the water meadows, connecting various literary and literal references to Thomas Hardy, enabling residents and visitors to appreciate the rich history of the Frome Valley.
  • To promote sustainable travel, Westleaze could be downgraded to a bus and cycle only corridor. Access for residents and businesses would be unaffected.
  • Green corridors will thread through the neighbourhoods providing links into the town and the surrounding countryside.
  • An area of parkland will be re-instated as water meadows, reminiscent of the previous function of the Frome Valley.

This is only a concept plan and is not a final masterplan: that will be arrived at only after careful consultation with the community. We are in the process of reviewing our vision and will provide further updates here in due course.