DORSET council are considering whether they should approve plans for 34 “affordable residential dwellings” in an East Dorset village.

Sovereign Housing Association and Coda Homes have submitted an application to build an entry level exception site for the provision of 34 affordable houses on land behind Hilbury Road, Alderholt.

If approved, the houses will come with associated access, parking and landscaping together with alterations to 17 Hilbury Road.

The land is currently used for grazing, and the build will need altered vehicle access, altered pedestrian access and a new public road.

Furthermore, 74 parking spaces will be created if the plans are approved.

Of the 34 homes proposed, 22 will be two-bedroom houses and 12 will be three-bedroom.

A planning, design and access statement written on behalf of Sovereign Housing and Coda Homes said the proposal presents a sustainable form of development and would help “address a considerable shortfall in meeting affordable housing needs in this part of Dorset”.

Bournemouth Airport Safeguarding also considered the application.

It concluded: “This proposal has been examined from an Aerodrome Safeguarding aspect and does not appear to conflict with safeguarding criteria.

“Accordingly, Bournemouth Airport have no safeguarding objections to this development provided there are no changes made to the current application.”

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service also viewed the application and made early recommendations to improve safety and reduce property loss in the event of a fire.

A DW Fire statement said: “At this stage of the planning application Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is required to make comment relating to section B5 of Approved Document B.

“Essentially, this relates to the provision of reasonable facilities to assist fire fighters within the building and to enable fire appliances to gain access to the building.

“Complying with these requirements, in advance of the formal Building Regulations consultation process, will assist during that process and are made without prejudice to it.

“Consideration is to be given to ensure access to the site, for the purpose of fire fighting, is adequate for the size and nature of the development.”