PLANS to redevelop Swanage's derelict Pier Head site have been agreed by councillors.

Purbeck District Council (PDC) planners rubber-stamped proposals for the partial demolition of existing buildings at the site, and the construction of six new dwellings and commercial units.

The plot has a chequered planning history, with a number of past proposals being refused on design grounds.

This latest plan, by applicant Storer (Coventry) Ltd, is to replace one of the two separate buildings, previously approved, with a predominantly three-storey block.

A report to PDC's planning committee from case officer Anthony Bird recommended approval for the latest plans. However, some residents have concerns.

Neighbours Richard and Gillian Lloyd, of Pier View, Seymer Road, contacted the district council with road safety worries.

They said: "The new development proposes to create an access for residents and commercial parking areas by a perpendicular junction having almost no visibility in either direction up and down Seymer Road.

"Increased usage by both pedestrians and vehicles generated by the new development, as well as growth in tourism, surely significantly increases the safety hazard for holidaymakers and residents alike using this popular route."

The Lloyds called for a full width pavement to be constructed on the Rookery side of Seymer Road and the widening of the Pier View side pavement.

Meanwhile, Judith and Terry Evans, of Peveril Heights, also contacted the council.

They said: "We feel the proposed development is too imposing for the historic environment of this part of Swanage sea front.

"The proposed plans constitute overdevelopment."

The planning report to PDC councillors by Anthony Bird stated: "Whilst the scale of the new building will still result in a significant change to the immediate environment of the neighbouring dwellings, especially in Seymer Road, this is not considered to result in unacceptable impacts."