A PLANNING application has been lodged to build 69 houses on the edge of a village.

Bellway Homes wants to build the homes on four-hectares of farmland next to Scorers Lane in Great Lumley, near Chester-le-Street.

The proposed development would include two, three and four bedroom houses, 10 of which would be classed as affordable.

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The developers, who say 30 jobs would be created during construction, say they have held community consultation meetings with Great Lumley Parish Council and a public exhibition at Lumley Community Centre ahead of submitting an application.

A decision will be made by Durham County Council during the next few weeks.