PROPOSALS to build 64 new homes on disused land has been met with criticism and claims that the village will not be able to cope with an increase in residents.

A planning application for a new housing development in Sowerby, near Thirsk in North Yorkshire was received by Hambleton District Council on Wednesday, December 4.

The proposals submitted by Tolent Living on behalf of Karbon Homes includes the construction of two, three and four-bedroom houses, and the provision of 128 car park spaces on 'land off' Back Lane in the village.

But some residents have mobilised against the development claiming the nearby Sowerby Gateway housing estate, which was approved earlier this year, was built without necessary improvements to roads and public transport.

On social media, some residents said the demands of a new development would mean existing infrastructure could not cope.

Meanwhile, lodging an objection to plans to Hambleton District Council, Mr David Gray of Sowerby said: "This is completely the wrong place for such a development. Sowerby has had it's fill of housing development, and has done it's bit for the country's housing needs already.

"These homes should be developed on the Gateway where there is substantial new development and with room for plenty more."

Another resident, Simon Birkbeck of Sowerby said the development of around 1,100 new homes over the past several years had changed the nature of the village.

Objecting, his comments read: "Back Lane is narrow and does not have pavements each side, making it difficult for pedestrians, and parking is often on the road – we have no idea how construction traffic would gain safe access to the site."

Mr Birkbeck's objection went on to say he believed a location in Thirsk would be "better-suited" for the development.

The full application can be viewed online at using reference number 10/02572/FUL