PLANS to build 65 new homes in Verwood are set to be given the green light by councillors today.

The East Dorset District Council planning committee have been advised to back the scheme, which will be built on land to the north east of Ringwood Road.

Members of the committee will meet at the Allendale Community Centre at 9.30am.

Outline planning permission was granted at a committee in August 2014. Further approval was granted in December of last year.

This morning, councillors have only to discharge remaining details relating to the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the scheme.

Under the proposals, which form part of the Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy 2014, 32 affordable homes will be built - 49 per cent of the total.

Of these, 70 per cent will be for affordable rent, with 30 per cent shared ownership.

Three of these properties will be provided to people with disabilities.

Developers from Linden Homes will create a suitable alternative natural greenspace, or SANG, as well as a play area.

A new town gateway to the east of the proposed access is to be built. The gateway will feature a speed indicator device to encourage drivers to slow down.

The scheme will cover 3.69 hectares of land a mile-and-a-half from Verwood town centre.

Most of the planning properties - 25 in total - will be three-bed houses. There will also be bungalows and two blocks of flats.

Builders will use the red brick, brown stock bricks and painted brick typical in some Victorian-style houses.

There will also be around 167 parking spaces.

The proposals is recommended for approval.