THE final details of a planned 305-home development in Wimborne are set to be approved next week.

East Dorset District Council’s planning committee will consider the ‘reserved matters’ – including layout and landscaping – for the Leigh Road development at its meeting on Wednesday (January 16).

Outline planning permission for the Barratt David Wilson Homes scheme was granted last year with the final details addressed in a separate application submitted in September.

Alongside the 305 houses – 28 per cent of which would be ‘affordable’ – the development features a 4,500 sq ft retail unit and a public open space.

Seven letters of objection have been lodged with the district council to the final details of the scheme, raising concerns about the density of the site and potential road safety issues.

Despite this, planning officers have recommended that the application be approved by members of its planning committee on Wednesday.

A report published ahead of the meeting by case officer Robert Thain, says: “The proposed housing is well-designed, functional, visually attractive and will assist in deliverable sustainable residential development.

“The proposed design would be visually compatible with other consented development parcels in the Leigh Road allocation site and its wider setting on the eastern fringe of Wimborne Minster.

“The proposal would not, subject to conditions, give rise to any significant amenity impacts on existing local residents or future site occupiers.”