AN application for new homes on a garage site in Chestnut Way, Dorchester has been withdrawn by Magna Housing.

Residents had raised concerns about summertime smells and early morning noise from the rubbish lorries which are based on the industrial estate just behind the garages.

Magna Housing had asked for permission to demolish the row of garages and build four homes on the site.

In a letters of objection to Dorset Council several neighbours warned of the smell from dustcarts in the summer and warned there would also be a need to ensure that the sewage system in the area is able to cope with the additional homes as there had been flooding in nearby roads in the past.

“The smell from refuse vehicles is disgusting, particularly in hot weather, and refuse vehicles are parked just over the northern border of this site,” said one letter of objection.

Another warned of diesel fumes from the dustcarts as drivers leave the vehicles running to warm them up in the early hours of the morning, especially in winter.

Dorchester Town Council, in its comments, raised no objection to the proposal, welcoming the retention of existing trees as part of the plan.