Plans for 1,000 homes near Dorchester go on show

Dorset Echo: Leader of West Dorset District Council Robert Gould Leader of West Dorset District Council Robert Gould

LOCAL residents can have their say on a proposal to build around 1,000 new homes on the edge of Dorchester this afternoon.

West Dorset District Council is holding a drop-in session at its South Walks House offices in the county town from 1pm to 7pm as part of a consultation process for its local plan.

Plans to allocate land to the south east of Dorchester between the A352 Broadmayne road and the A35 Dorchester bypass were included after objections to the amount of housing earmarked for Crossways, Beaminster and Sherborne in the original draft local plan.

Leader of West Dorset District Council Robert Gould said: “We would urge local people to get involved and have their say on the local plan as it will help us to identify the most appropriate sites to support the future housing and development need of West Dorset.

“It is very important we gather the views of local people about how they want to see the future growth and development of their area.

“The consultation events will offer a perfect opportunity for the public to actively share their views and participate in discussions and we really would like to see people come along and take part.”

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12:45pm Wed 27 Feb 13

iampuzzled says...

Will we see pedestrian crossings and a cycle path across the by-pass to encourage people not to use their cars from this new estate? They don't appear in the published plan (yet).
Will we see pedestrian crossings and a cycle path across the by-pass to encourage people not to use their cars from this new estate? They don't appear in the published plan (yet). iampuzzled
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1:25pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Steve Rodgers says...

This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.
This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould. Steve Rodgers
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1:44pm Wed 27 Feb 13

JACKC says...

Same thing happens in Weymouth too. Certain 'farmer' developers seem to be able to do what they like, regardless of what's needed or wanted.
Same thing happens in Weymouth too. Certain 'farmer' developers seem to be able to do what they like, regardless of what's needed or wanted. JACKC
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2:53pm Wed 27 Feb 13

CharlieBarley says...

I seem to remember residents being 'given their say' when plans were published for the new council offices. How much notice was taken of the public's objections? Goes to show that councillors let you state an opinion and then completely ignore it.
I seem to remember residents being 'given their say' when plans were published for the new council offices. How much notice was taken of the public's objections? Goes to show that councillors let you state an opinion and then completely ignore it. CharlieBarley
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2:53pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Get a grip says...

Steve Rodgers wrote:
This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.
And your suggestions for the alternative sites are?
[quote][p][bold]Steve Rodgers[/bold] wrote: This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.[/p][/quote]And your suggestions for the alternative sites are? Get a grip
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3:11pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Steve Rodgers says...

Well, here's hoping that tonight we will see exactly why this is the only suitable site - and what the need is in the first place. What worries me is that this site seems SO unsuitable - but more than that we look at the way the Charles Street development was slimed through with commitees meeting in secret and the public being ignored and locked out and we wonder why he is doing the same thing with this project. I doubt if I'll be directly effected at all by this, but it seems so wrong and being done so wrongly.
Well, here's hoping that tonight we will see exactly why this is the only suitable site - and what the need is in the first place. What worries me is that this site seems SO unsuitable - but more than that we look at the way the Charles Street development was slimed through with commitees meeting in secret and the public being ignored and locked out and we wonder why he is doing the same thing with this project. I doubt if I'll be directly effected at all by this, but it seems so wrong and being done so wrongly. Steve Rodgers
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4:36pm Wed 27 Feb 13

mr commonsense says...

Is this the same Cllr Gould who continues to tell us we were consulted over the Council Offices?
THis man has become more and more the dodgy car salesman, lovely runner gun, will go on for years and 5 minutes later doesn't go any further in life.
Having visited Sherbourne today I was told how they have thrown out both new houses and a new Tesco's because of public pressure. Guess where Cllr Gould comes from?????
So Dorchester is going to have in addition to the 6/7,000 extra people in Poundbury another 2/3,000 residents in this new development. Perhaps Cllr Gould will tell us how the centre of Dorchester will be for cars and people shopping when phase 2 is built on Charles Street.
This Proposal is MADNESS unless buses, cycle tracks, a Health Centre, road system and at least another 1,000 car park spaces being created in the centre of town. NOT the Market car park, try carrying the 3/4 bags of shopping back from the centre town shops for over half a mile. Go on Cllr Gould and your colleagues try it one day, see if you would be happy with it.
Is this the same Cllr Gould who continues to tell us we were consulted over the Council Offices? THis man has become more and more the dodgy car salesman, lovely runner gun, will go on for years and 5 minutes later doesn't go any further in life. Having visited Sherbourne today I was told how they have thrown out both new houses and a new Tesco's because of public pressure. Guess where Cllr Gould comes from????? So Dorchester is going to have in addition to the 6/7,000 extra people in Poundbury another 2/3,000 residents in this new development. Perhaps Cllr Gould will tell us how the centre of Dorchester will be for cars and people shopping when phase 2 is built on Charles Street. This Proposal is MADNESS unless buses, cycle tracks, a Health Centre, road system and at least another 1,000 car park spaces being created in the centre of town. NOT the Market car park, try carrying the 3/4 bags of shopping back from the centre town shops for over half a mile. Go on Cllr Gould and your colleagues try it one day, see if you would be happy with it. mr commonsense
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5:59pm Wed 27 Feb 13

weyjim says...

Dorchester has nearly doubled in size, with the poundbury development yet services to the public are cut. There will be insufficient school places, emergency services, hospital and gp services to cope with another influx of 2000 -4000 residents (dependant on the number of occupants per household). Without proper infrastructure it is ridiculous to just keep building. But what do I know, I am just a Dorset resident. Why would any politician or developer care about my opinion.
Dorchester has nearly doubled in size, with the poundbury development yet services to the public are cut. There will be insufficient school places, emergency services, hospital and gp services to cope with another influx of 2000 -4000 residents (dependant on the number of occupants per household). Without proper infrastructure it is ridiculous to just keep building. But what do I know, I am just a Dorset resident. Why would any politician or developer care about my opinion. weyjim
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6:49pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Steve Rodgers says...

...and what will all these people DO when they are here?

...and if there is such a housing shortage, why are rents and house prices so reasonable in this part of the world?

'as bent as a WDDC councillor'
...and what will all these people DO when they are here? ...and if there is such a housing shortage, why are rents and house prices so reasonable in this part of the world? 'as bent as a WDDC councillor' Steve Rodgers
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8:07pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Dorset Boy says...

Get a grip wrote:
Steve Rodgers wrote:
This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.
And your suggestions for the alternative sites are?
Poyntington & Sherborne in Goulds front garden.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve Rodgers[/bold] wrote: This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.[/p][/quote]And your suggestions for the alternative sites are?[/p][/quote]Poyntington & Sherborne in Goulds front garden. Dorset Boy
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12:51pm Thu 28 Feb 13

JamesYoung says...

Steve Rodgers wrote:
...and what will all these people DO when they are here?

...and if there is such a housing shortage, why are rents and house prices so reasonable in this part of the world?

'as bent as a WDDC councillor'
There is no housing shortage, i would agree. There is no more work being created so that points to investors buying up homes.
However I don't think house prices or rents are reasonable at all. The housing market is a house of cards being propped out by the funding for lending scheme and now, rumours of negative interest rates to force banks to loan more.
If the economic cycle completes as I think it must, a lot of homeowners are going to see what reasonable really means. House prices didn't rise due to immigration or population growth; they rose because of cheap credit. That's gone for good.
[quote][p][bold]Steve Rodgers[/bold] wrote: ...and what will all these people DO when they are here? ...and if there is such a housing shortage, why are rents and house prices so reasonable in this part of the world? 'as bent as a WDDC councillor'[/p][/quote]There is no housing shortage, i would agree. There is no more work being created so that points to investors buying up homes. However I don't think house prices or rents are reasonable at all. The housing market is a house of cards being propped out by the funding for lending scheme and now, rumours of negative interest rates to force banks to loan more. If the economic cycle completes as I think it must, a lot of homeowners are going to see what reasonable really means. House prices didn't rise due to immigration or population growth; they rose because of cheap credit. That's gone for good. JamesYoung
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5:17pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Bailey25 says...

I hope to God they don't build these houses, it looks awful. I walk my dog over those fields and love that we have wide open spaces here and beautiful countryside. I've lived here all my life and part of the reason I love Dorchester is because it's a small town. I think the Poundbury development is more than enough. They'll soon be saying the Thomas Hardye School is too small when everybody said don't knock it down, make Castlefield and TH both mixed sex and serve both sides of Dorch. If Dorchester carries on increasing, there won't be enough schools and there is only one leisure centre!
I hope to God they don't build these houses, it looks awful. I walk my dog over those fields and love that we have wide open spaces here and beautiful countryside. I've lived here all my life and part of the reason I love Dorchester is because it's a small town. I think the Poundbury development is more than enough. They'll soon be saying the Thomas Hardye School is too small when everybody said don't knock it down, make Castlefield and TH both mixed sex and serve both sides of Dorch. If Dorchester carries on increasing, there won't be enough schools and there is only one leisure centre! Bailey25
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11:10am Mon 4 Mar 13

cj07589 says...

Dorset Boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Steve Rodgers wrote:
This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.
And your suggestions for the alternative sites are?
Poyntington & Sherborne in Goulds front garden.
Now that is a really great suggestion! Gould has to go after the Charles st offices scam he is as trustworthy as the Tory party.
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve Rodgers[/bold] wrote: This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.[/p][/quote]And your suggestions for the alternative sites are?[/p][/quote]Poyntington & Sherborne in Goulds front garden.[/p][/quote]Now that is a really great suggestion! Gould has to go after the Charles st offices scam he is as trustworthy as the Tory party. cj07589
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12:50pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

cj07589 wrote:
Dorset Boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Steve Rodgers wrote:
This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.
And your suggestions for the alternative sites are?
Poyntington & Sherborne in Goulds front garden.
Now that is a really great suggestion! Gould has to go after the Charles st offices scam he is as trustworthy as the Tory party.
Gould will NOT be voted out at the next set of elections.

He is voted for by people in Sherborne, who frankly could not give a monkey's about the Charles St development (just as the good people of Dorchester would not care if the Charles St saga had happened in Sherborne).

If he can keep the developers out of Sherborne, then he is safe.
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dorset Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve Rodgers[/bold] wrote: This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.[/p][/quote]And your suggestions for the alternative sites are?[/p][/quote]Poyntington & Sherborne in Goulds front garden.[/p][/quote]Now that is a really great suggestion! Gould has to go after the Charles st offices scam he is as trustworthy as the Tory party.[/p][/quote]Gould will NOT be voted out at the next set of elections. He is voted for by people in Sherborne, who frankly could not give a monkey's about the Charles St development (just as the good people of Dorchester would not care if the Charles St saga had happened in Sherborne). If he can keep the developers out of Sherborne, then he is safe. Is it me or is everything rubbish?
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2:31pm Tue 5 Mar 13

JamesYoung says...

Is it me or is everything rubbish? wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Dorset Boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Steve Rodgers wrote:
This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.
And your suggestions for the alternative sites are?
Poyntington & Sherborne in Goulds front garden.
Now that is a really great suggestion! Gould has to go after the Charles st offices scam he is as trustworthy as the Tory party.
Gould will NOT be voted out at the next set of elections.

He is voted for by people in Sherborne, who frankly could not give a monkey's about the Charles St development (just as the good people of Dorchester would not care if the Charles St saga had happened in Sherborne).

If he can keep the developers out of Sherborne, then he is safe.
Yup, wonderful thing, democracy.
[quote][p][bold]Is it me or is everything rubbish?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dorset Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve Rodgers[/bold] wrote: This is clearly more evidence of Robert Gould's extremely dodgy practices. One really wonders if he just does this stuff to Dorchester so that his constituency is left alone and he retains his cushy job, or if - perhaps - there is something more in it for him. Build 1000 houses on a flood risk, ignore groundwater protection, break a promise not to develop outside the bypass, no extra schools, no extra health facilities, no parking, no jobs for the residents. This is madness, but he'll probably get away with it. 'Local residents can have their say..'. What tosh!! There will be a few diagrams and posters and artist impressions - that will be it. He really doesn't want us to have a say, and even if we do he'll ignore it. Remember, we had a referendum about the Charles Street development and 97% said NO. Dorchester is being rogered by Robert Gould.[/p][/quote]And your suggestions for the alternative sites are?[/p][/quote]Poyntington & Sherborne in Goulds front garden.[/p][/quote]Now that is a really great suggestion! Gould has to go after the Charles st offices scam he is as trustworthy as the Tory party.[/p][/quote]Gould will NOT be voted out at the next set of elections. He is voted for by people in Sherborne, who frankly could not give a monkey's about the Charles St development (just as the good people of Dorchester would not care if the Charles St saga had happened in Sherborne). If he can keep the developers out of Sherborne, then he is safe.[/p][/quote]Yup, wonderful thing, democracy. JamesYoung
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