A 500-home development for Crossways has been approved – three years after it was first proposed.

It will see large-scale building south of Warmwell Road for the first time and should bring a new village hall, village green, employment land, open spaces and possibly a new GP surgery.

Local councillor Nick Ireland persuaded committee members to include a condition in the consent that the new hall has to provided before 250 homes are completed. Planning officers had been content to allow the developers, C&G, to build the home at the end of the development.

But Cllr Ireland argued that without the tie-in there would be nothing to stop the developers walking away from the scheme before completing the hall.

He also revealed that talks had yet to be concluded with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group over a new GP surgery, although he was hopeful that it would be built close to the site of the new hall. He said that with 200 new homes for the village already approved and the 500 from the current scheme there would be a need for more GP cover.

The company claim that the scheme is already ‘marginal’ in financial terms once their contribution to the hall, roads, open areas and even a contribution of £150,000 to Poole Harbour management is added in.

The consent, agreed by the area planning committee on Thursday, allows for detailed permission for 99 open market and ‘affordable’ homes in the first phase and 401 in an outline application which will require details to be submitted later.

The site includes Summer Farm and the existing village hall and runs alongside the Hybris Business Park.

Developers say they hope the scheme will establish a clearly identifiable centre or “heart” to the village and will provided 35 per cent of the homes as ‘affordable.’

London-based residential and commercial property developer C&G agent Chris Fry told the committee that the scheme had first been submitted in 2016 but had been delayed for a number of reasons, including the death of a landowner, during the process.

He asked councillors not to impose more conditions on the proposals claiming that because of required contributions the remaining profit margin was small and the scheme remained ‘marginal.’

Among the payments the company is expected to make is an education contribution of £5,444 for each home with two or more bedrooms and the provision of a natural greenspace of around 22 hectares together with a maintenance contribution of £960,000. The site would also have three play areas with a maintenance contribution of £58,500.

A contribution, of £560,000, is also expected for highway works, including improvements at Max Gate in Dorchester and for a cycle route scheme on the Crossways site.