Shaftesbury Needs More Houses And Cafés According To Dorset Local Plan

You can now view the draft of a master plan which will determine how Dorset is developed until the year 2038.

The Local Plan is separate from the Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan, but its themes are similar. Listen to our report for greater detail.

This draft Local Plan proposes that a minimum of 545 new homes will be built in Shaftesbury during the plan’s period.

It acknowledges that Shaftesbury has experienced major expansion recently. There are no surprises with the sites earmarked for estate building, as you will hear.

This document also outlines road improvements including a new road linking the B3081 with Enmore Green. The route of the proposed Shaftesbury’s eastern bypass should be retained, it has suggested.

The Local Plan recognises Shaftesbury’s landscape, historic setting and the importance of tourism. But it states that there is a ‘poor choice’ of leisure services, including cafés and restaurants. More facilities would be supported.

Dorset Council’s cabinet will discuss the document next week. Public consultation starts in January. It is likely to be adopted in 2023.

You can read it here.