SIX homes planned for a farm site in Dorchester have failed to impress Dorchester Town councillors.

Planning and environment committee members say they are unhappy that trees on the Fordington Farm site, off Armada Way, have been felled to make way for the scheme – although Tree Protection Orders have now been made by Dorset Council.

The town councillors also claim the scheme, from Sturminster Newton-based J&F Properties (Southern) Ltd, will be an overdevelopment, if allowed to go ahead as proposed. They say access to the site, surrounded by housing, is so tight that future residents will have to pull their bins to the main road for collection because refuse lorries would not be able to get into and out.

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“It feels to me that the developers are trying to rush things through, rather than get it right”, said Cllr Molly Rennie.

The scheme designs show a mixture of semi-detached and detached homes with fourteen parking spaces provided between them.

Dilapidated former dairy buildings on the site will be demolished as part of the re-development. 

Concerns were also raised by the town planning committee over a proposed access to the site off Armada Way with councillors asking for clarification about crossing a footpath before Dorset Council makes the final decision on the plans.