The North Dorchester Consortium, formed of Grainger and Charles Church, has long campaigned for the area to the east of the village of Charminster, north of the River Frome, to be the location for the housing and employment growth that Dorchester urgently needs. 

New images have recently been unveiled of the proposed development and fresh details of the plans have been released to the public.

The Consortium believes North Dorchester to be the best location for a natural extension to the north of the county town, forming a sustainably designed community of new homes and jobs, alongside generous parks and open space.  The plans also provide for a new three tier education campus to relieve pressure on the oversubscribed schools in the area, along with a new medical centre.

People interested in receiving the latest information regarding progress of the development can register their interest on this new website.

The proposals for the North Dorchester Garden Community include a new 200 acre, publicly accessible, Frome Valley Country Park and nature reserve. The new country park would form an addition to the Hardy Trail, with an accompanying visitor centre to encourage tourism.

A new link road created between the A37 and A35 to the north of the town would help relieve traffic on the southern bypass and on Dorchester’s High Street.

The 3,500 proposed new homes in the North Dorchester Garden Community would be a mixture of affordable housing for purchase and rent, along with private homes, helping to meet the significant housing need identified in Dorchester, particularly for those looking to get on the housing ladder for the first time.  They will be highly energy efficient homes, which will look to reduce carbon emissions and household energy costs. 

The developers have ambitions to create one new job for every house planned, from employment associated with the construction over several years, as well as the provision of a new business park to provide modern business accommodation.

A spokesperson for the North Dorchester Consortium commented: “This area is a logical and sensible choice for future development as it unlocks the investment required to make a truly sustainable community, such as new schools and medical facilities, which will benefit the existing Dorchester residents, as well as creating new jobs and homes.  We encourage people to explore this new website to see what is planned, and to register their interest in receiving further updates as we bring this site forward for consideration.”

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