PLANS have been submitted for a new 12-acre industrial estate which could create 260 jobs on land in Poole currently occupied by "broad-leaved woodland".

Developers St Modwen have filed their proposals for the site, east of Holes Bay, after acquiring the ground earlier this year.

A statement submitted in support of the application to BCP Council sets out the plans for three separate units, sized to suit the operational requirements of future occupiers.

If approved, the development will provide 18,203m² of internal floor space for businesses.

The statement, which was produced on behalf of St Modwen by UMC Architects says: "The design proposals have been developed with due regard to the existing site, its context and surroundings, to create carefully sited, appropriately sized buildings. The proposals also allow for the best possible access by all modes of transport and encourage travel to the site by means other than car.

"The design seeks to minimise the impact on its surroundings; providing an attractive, contemporary and cohesive design that is fit for purpose and safe for all to use.

"The proposals represent a high quality development and a substantial investment to the area which will help to promote and support employment growth and stimulate economic growth to the area, in-line with regional and local aspirations."

As previously reported, St Modwen said the development could lead to an estate with a value of £30million.

The scheme will require a new spine road access off Sterte Avenue West and the site would include 127 car parking and 96 cycling spaces, alongside room for 12 lorries.

The application says the units have potential to create 260 new jobs, with use expected to take place 24 hours a day.

Concerns have been raised about the development from an environment conservation body in relation to the protected sites of Poole Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest, Poole Harbour Special Protection Area and Poole Harbour Ramsar Site.

A letter from Jack Potter, of Natural England for Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, written before the plans were submitted said: "Having considered the information provided, Natural England is concerned that the proposed development could have significant direct impacts upon the aforementioned designated sites and that further assessment should be required."