Our Dorset Deserves Better campaign to transform
the widely criticised Dorset Local Plan
Join our Dorset Deserves Better campaign
91% of those represented in the public consultation rejected the development strategy at the heart of the Plan!
In our response, co-ordinated by DorsetCAN founder member Professor Michael Dower, CBE, we wrote:
"...we are baffled to find that the Council has chosen to base the Plan on a scale of growth in housing, workspace and supporting infrastructure which cannot be achieved without grave damage to [the county's] rich heritage. The Council has ignored the opportunity, offered by government, to use Dorset’s exceptional heritage as the reason for taking an alternative approach to calculating the scale of development that is needed and that is within the capacity of the County to absorb.
The adverse impact of the Plan’s proposals on landscape, biodiversity & climate change is shown to startling degree in the Sustainability Assessments. The Council could not keep its pledge to “ensure that all new development incorporates ecological net gain”.
We therefore urge the Council to think again, to choose a level of growth based simply on local needs, and thereby to draw back from grave incursions on the AONB, encroachment on the Green Belt and the placing of heavy pressure on regions already under severe strain."
See Dorset Council's Local Plan webpage
Read our 2021 response in full.
Now, in January 2022, we launch our campaign to get Dorset Council to change its mind before it's too late.
Our Campaign Alliance of 38 organisations (representing over 20,000 Dorset residents) has now written to Dorset Council arguing that the Local Plan in its current form would:
Instead, the Alliance suggests ways to transform the Local Plan into a visionary programme that enriches the county and serves the people of Dorset – especially the young and those most in need.
What can I do?
1. Join our Dorset Deserves Better campaign - Click here to join
2. Contact your Dorset Councillor and your parish/town council - try to tell them in your own words why you object to the Local Plan. Urge them to put pressure on Dorset Council to change its Local Plan along the lines suggested in our Open Letter.
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