Almost 40 people have objected to an application to demolish a Beaminster bungalow and build five homes on the East Street site.

The application only attracted one public comment in its favour.

Many of the objectors are concerned with possible additional traffic on East Street and Woodswater Lane and the effect the scheme would have on the character of the area. Several point out that the site is outside of the defined development boundary.

Said one formal letter of objection to Dorset Council: “Parking on East Street is already very difficult for its current population. The junction at Woodswater Lane is both very tight and with poor line of sight visibility. The planned suggestion of mirrors at the development’s access is a recognition of the inherent weakness of the proposal. Additional traffic movements will create added danger for pedestrians and horse-riders.”

A Dorset Council planning officer will now decide on the application for 82 East Street. It asks for the bungalow to be replaced by three 3-bed home and two 4-bed homes. The application form anticipates an increase from two to twelve parking spaces on the site.