PURBECK District Council is selling its car park in Pound Lane, Wareham for housing development.

To accompany the sale, the council has produced guidelines to assist developers as the site is within a conservation area and the new homes must be in keeping with their surroundings.

A stipulation of the sale is that 40 per cent of the homes that are built on the site will be affordable homes - including rented or shared ownership schemes.

The proceeds from the sale will be used to provide additional affordable housing in the district.

The site, on the corner of West Street and Pound Lane, is currently used as a car park and council storage facility.

An archaeological survey was undertaken on the site when a small amount of medieval pottery was found.

Residential permit holders who currently park there have been offered alternative spaces in the town.

The developers’ guidelines are available from the marketing agents, Sibbett Gregory. The final decision on any proposal for the site will be considered by Purbeck District Council’s planning board.