REVISED plans have been drawn up for a development at a former police station site in Poole.

Work is underway to build three blocks of affordable homes at Canford Heath Road.

The site is adjacent to Montacute School.

Poole Housing Partnership was given the go-ahead in February to build a mixture of 62 one and two-bedroom flats, including six for young people with severe disabilities.

Dozens of residents objected to the scheme, with the majority concerned about the height of the buildings and being overlooked from balconies.

However, the latest version of the proposals submitted to Borough of Poole seeks to “improve the viability of the project” by removing the balconies.

Ward councillor Sean Gabriel has welcomed the change.

“I’m pleased about this as we’re still getting the flats people need, but it relieves some of the concerns of the local residents.

“When the initial plans were revealed, the size of the development caused concern, but the biggest issue was the balconies affecting people’s privacy.”

He added: “I’m supportive of affordable housing for local people – it’s a genuine concern for Poole.

“For me, as a disability champion, I’m excited that there will be supported living homes as these are so needed in Poole."

When the scheme was first introduced, Cally Antill, head of community services for Borough of Poole, said the site provided “a rare opportunity to develop a 100% affordable housing scheme”.

As well as the removal of balconies, the revised plans seek to change the material used for a walled garden surrounding one of the blocks due to tree protection zones.

The proposal is to provide a closed board fence instead.