Dozens of affordable homes could be built in Wyke Regis.

An application for outline planning permission has been submitted for 91 homes on land off Mandeville Road.

East Boro Housing Trust has requested permission to build housing on land to the north east of Mandeville Road, and of the 91 it is proposed be built, 25 per cent would be at low cost sale, 25 per cent at social rent and 50 per cent would be sold on the open market.

It comes after the Dorset Echo reported in June that housing could be allowed on the nearby former MoD Tented Camp under proposals in a revised Local Plan.

And planning permission has already been granted for 37 homes on the former Value House store site.

Regarding the East Boro plans, Dorset County Councils highways team has ordered a traffic assessment to be carried out to assess the implications the homes would have on the existing roads.

Specialist services manager Paul Wyeth has also requested that the applicant submits a landscape and visual impact assessment, due to his belief that the development will be ‘visibly prominent’ within the Jurassic Coast area.

Sam Scriven, of the Jurassic Coast Trust, added: “The proposed development does not directly impact the World Heritage Site but may have an impact on its setting.”

A number of residents have already commented on the application, with five objections relating to the impact on roads, local services and wildlife.

Resident Stuart Godman commented: “It should be noted that there is no provision for amenities in the proposal […] as well as this plan there will be further 160 households looking for doctors, schools and other services. With the recent closure of a surgery in Abbotsbury Road I do not believe the Wyke Regis Health Centre (which is already very busy) could cope with the extra patients.”

A design and access statement prepared as part of the application on behalf of East Boro states the land is currently ‘open rough pasture land that is cut for hay annually by the landowner, but which is generally trespassed upon by the local residents to walk their dogs.’

The statement also responds to concerns about the potential visual impact of the proposals, adding: “These concerns are noted but have been surpassed by the inclusion of the tented camp for housing development in the Joint Local Plan Review, which brings the built-up area closer to the coast path than the application site.”

The applicants also refer to the ‘considerable’ need for more housing in the area, including the number of people currently on the housing register in West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland.

People are invited to comment on the proposals before November 4. The application will then be discussed at a meeting of West Dorset District Council’s planning committee.