Exhibitions outlining plans for Gypsy and Traveller sites were held in Dorchester and Weymouth this week.
People now have until February 10th to comment on the proposals with opposition groups fighting the plans throughout Dorset.
“We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted us to say how upset they are by some of the sites which are being proposed,” said chairman of the Dorset group of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
“In planning terms sites are being suggested on areas which we, and others, don’t believe are suitable for any form of development.”
Dorset has been told that it has to find space for 585-609 residential and temporary sites – with 80-84 required in West Dorset and 29-30 in Weymouth and Portland by 2013.
The sites suggested in the Weymouth and Portland include a plot near the park and ride close to the Mount Pleasant business park, land next to the household recycling centre in Lodmoor and South Buckland Farm, near Coldharbour.
In West Dorset seven sites are proposed including Piddlehinton, West Stafford, Evershot, Leigh, Yetminster and two in Beaminster.
Officials say that without official sites the power to move illegal encampments is severely restricted.
For further information about the consultation and how to make comments on the proposals visit www.dorsetforyou.com/gypsyandtravellersites.