Double homes plan for village

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A VILLAGE could be in line for a double housing boost after two planning applications were submitted to a council.

Durham County Council has received two proposals from separate firms to build houses in two areas of Thornley.

John Hare Architect has applied for outline planning permission to build 10 new homes on land opposite Moor View and adjacent to Ashford Grove.

PF Trading North East wants to build 14 semi-detached houses on land adjacent to Gore Hill Farm.

The Moor View project would be on the site of a former bungalow and community garden.

It has received one letter of objection regarding access and drainage problems.

The Gore Hill development would be on a 0.39 hectare grassed area which has previously been prone to fly-tipping and fires.

The developers already have outline planning permission for five houses.

This scheme has received four letters of objection, citing loss of privacy, loss of light, anti-social behaviour and access problems as reasons.

Although the land is a greenfield site, a Government statement on planning for growth and national planning policy consider it acceptable.

Both projects are recommended for approval and will be heard when the council’s area planning committee meets on April 10.