However last night's Neighbourhood Plan referendum result in Fontmell Magna is sufficient to turn things around and get me bouncing right back -
Percentage in favour: 91.5%
This is a quite impressive result - in my experience only plans that avoid the whole question of allocating sites for development get over 90% approval rating. The turnout is a really excellent too (higher than the other North Dorset Neighbourhood Plans). And it certainly sets the benchmark for Pimperne in North Dorset, who will be next to the vote following their successful examination, although quite likely to be followed shortly by two more as the Examiners' reports are due any minute for Sturminster Newton and Hazelbury Bryan.
Well done to all the volunteers who put effort into the Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan - a great result and here's hoping that it will be as influential as it should be in future planning decisions.
Lots of Local Plan activity around Dorset too - so that may well be my next blog post...