THE next stage of plans for a large-scale development in Wimborne has been submitted for approval.

Barratt David Wilson Homes has submitted a reserved matters application in respect to the appearance, layout scale and landscaping for 174 homes on land south of Leigh Road.

An outline application for 174 homes, as well as plans for a community sports facility, had previously been approved by Dorset Council officials.

The development will consist of 125 open market units consisting of 40 two-bedroom houses, 54 three-bedroom houses and 29 four-bedroom houses.

There will also be 49 affordable homes, 20 of which will be one-bedroom apartments, 25 will be two-bedroom houses or apartments and four three-bedroom houses.

Barratt David Wilson Homes said in a planning statement: “The design incorporates a strong narrative of built form and sequences of space in which streets are provided with a sense of enclosure between pinch points.

“House types have been designed for corner plots. Enhancing corner-turning plots with a varied materials palette helps residents and visitors to orientate, creating a unique sense of place when navigating through the site.

“Fundamental to the design is the requirement to provide a highways layout that, by design, discourages traffic speeds.”

A new access road will be provided along an existing track which will connect the development with Leigh Road and Wimborne Road West.

The proposal also provides 346 car parking spaces, 97 of which are unallocated and 23 were visitor spaces.

The statement added: “The boundary to the south currently contains boundary vegetation which is being retained and strengthened with a mixed shelter belt.

“This will contain mixed species to create a naturalistic buffer to the A31. The closest dwellings to the A31 are approximately 25m away which provides a sizeable public open space.

“The southern boundary forms the new settlement boundary for Wimborne so the use of trees to integrate the development into the wider landscape has been vital.

“The landscape proposals seek to connect the footpath to the west to the current overbridge and Rugby club, creating a link through the new public open space. Tree species have been chosen to reflect the locale and to provide as much habitat and forage for wildlife as possible.

“In summary, there are no adverse impacts of the development that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits so that they would significantly and demonstrably outweigh any harms. We therefore urge Dorset Council to approve this development.”