A DEVELOPER has submitted a planning application to build up to 151 homes in a north Durham village.

Story Homes has lodged documents with Durham County Council outlining its plans for land off Newbiggin Lane in Lanchester, near Stanley.

The firm said it has made some changes to the scheme following consultation with residents in March.

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There was some criticism of the plans when the company held a public consultation event in the village.

The additions include increased landscaping, inclusion of bungalows in the development and additional drainage to help tackle problems with surface water.

Story Homes said the development will create work for up to 120 people during construction and bring in revenue for the county council.

The houses will range from two to five-bedroom homes with a “traditional appearance” and a fifth of the development will be affordable homes for sale or rent.

The development would also include a “linear parkscape area” for new and existing residents, landscaping, a footpath connecting the Lanchester Valley Railway Path to Newbiggen Lane and nearby community allotments, and a new sustainable drainage system to reduce the risk of flooding.

Story Homes has also submitted other planning applications in County Durham, including one for new homes in Sedgefield.

The plans, submitted alongside proposals by Durham Diocese, are for up to 415 properties, including affordable homes and a range of properties types and sizes, including bungalows.

More information about the plans are at www.storyhomes.co.uk.