AN application for a new home on an edge of Corfe Mullen has been approved by Dorset Council – despite the objections of local councillors.

The town council claim there has been more than 20 applications for the site at Brook Lane over the past decade all of which it had objected to and none of which have been built.

The current application is to demolish the remaining section of a fire-damaged property, sever the site to create two plots and build a new large detached home on the Smugglers Hyde site.

Town councillors claim the site access, an un-adopted lane, is unsuitable and could be dangerous for extra traffic, that the new home will be an over-development of the site and could result in over-looking of neighbouring properties.

Despite the claims Dorset Council planning officers told the area planning committee (on Wednesday) that highways officers had raised no objection, that the proposed home was a minimum of 12metres away from the nearest adjoining home and although ‘unremarkable’ and ‘suburban’ the new property was acceptable in planning terms.

Planning consents already exist for other new home applications on the same site – none of which have been built.

The committee also heard there was a ongoing legal dispute over a restrictive covenant involving the site but were told that this was not a planning matter and should be disregarded.

Councillors voted to approve the new home and the demolition of the fire-damaged property, subject to a series of legal agreements, including that a home planned for the northern edge of the site should not be built, if the larger property went ahead.