Richard Samways (Letters, April 28) is clearly right to criticize Dorset Council for what looks like supine acceptance of Government housebuilding plans that benefit developers but not the rest of us.

He does not mention the other side of the housing problem, which is that thousands of people in Dorset currently have no home of their own.

And short of telling them to get on their bikes, the only way of meeting their needs is to build a very large number of new homes here in this county.

Most if not all the new homes needed could be built in towns, but of course the big property companies would not be interested because it would not allow them to make a killing from their rural land banks.

Is it too much to hope that we and other counties in the same boat might persuade Westminster that we are in urgent need of a solution to this problem?

MICHAEL WHELLER

Wyke Regis, Weymouth