The Duchy of Cornwall has carried out a public consultation on plans for 100 much-needed new homes across four Duchy owned sites in the Fordington area. The plots are located on two fields south of St George's Road and two fields north of Alington Avenue, which were allocated for development by West Dorset District Council in 2015, as part of the West Dorset Local Plan. Thirty-five per cent of the proposed housing will be affordable. The plans include the creation of a new wetland habitat for wildlife beside the River Frome.
Early in 2016, the Duchy appointed a professional team to carry out site investigations in order to help architects prepare an outline masterplan for the site. The resulting housing designs were inspired by the Edwardian 'Arts and Craft' architecture in the surrounding Manor of Fordington. They were displayed to local residents during an all-day consultation event at Dorchester Youth Association Hall on December 5th. Eighty local people attended the event, which was advertised in the Dorset Echo.
The Duchy is now reviewing its plans for the site in the light of the comments received during the consultation, before submitting a formal planning application later this year.
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