Affordable village homes get the go-ahead

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Plans for 17 new affordable homes to be built in Cockerham have been given the green light by city councillors.

Applicants R P Tyson Construction Ltd can now construct the two-storey houses on land to the side of Willey Lane, along with landscaping and a new access road.

The site is currently an undeveloped greenfield site.

The development will consist of 17 two-storey semi-detached and terraced affordable houses, consisting of nine three-bed and eight two-bed properties.

Each property has front and rear gardens, off-street parking for two vehicles and allocated bin storage areas.

The council had received 27 letters of objection to the application.

Residents were mainly concerned about road safety in relation to the additional traffic movements on Lancaster Road, conflict with bus stops and buses, the addition of a further junction in the central reservation, and unsuitable access/sightlines.

They also expressed concerns over loss of privacy, overlooking and overbearing impacts upon the homes in Willey, poor design, impacts upon wildlife, excessive noise and a loss of a peaceful, rural outlook/views, as well as the fact that the local primary school is already over-subscribed.

The scheme had received seven letters of support from people who said there was a significant need for affordable housing which would be of benefit to the community.

Council planning officers had also recommended the proposals be approved.