Nearly 300 new homes are to be built in local villages in the latest round of planning approvals.

A development for up to 140 homes on 27 acres of land north-west of Crossways has been approved by West Dorset District Council’s planning committee.

The development is on land identified for housing in the controversial West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Local Plan ‘Preferred Options’. The land is currently used for agricultural purposes.

Another development of 49 homes has been approved on land next to Oaklands Park, Crossways.

Meanwhile a scheme to build up to 52 new homes on land west of Charminster Farm has been given the green light. The new homes will be made up of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties, with 14 designated as affordable housing.

Another application for 35 new homes on pasture land north of Pound Road, Thornford, has also been approved, as have plans for 20 new homes on the site of a former council depot in Longburton.

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