PLANS for a new £14 million residential housing scheme on the outskirts of a village have been submitted for approval.

The move will see proposals for 49 new homes near Burnopfield considered by members of the planning committee at Durham County Council.

If plans get the go ahead, the development by Akenside Developments at Syke Road, could create up to 150 local construction jobs including work for apprentices, graduates and trainees.

It is understood the development will include two, three, four and five bedroomed houses as well as one and two-bedroomed retirement apartments

The company has said the scheme would provide a ‘much-needed boost to housing stock’, and includes the availability of more affordable properties.

The developer argues it will plug a gap in the local market for larger, more energy efficient homes, particularly for people keen to stay in the area but who want to move to a bigger property.

Managing director Adrian Reay said: “We have created a development that meets the needs of the local community and delivers exceptional new homes for the area.

“As well as a good variety of house types, the landscape proposals for the site are equally impressive and we are excited to see the finished product.

“As architectural technologists, we want to work on challenging projects and for clients with ambition.

“With our designs, we have also focused on aspects around green credentials and ensuring the homes are as energy efficient as possible.”

The Burnopfield scheme is also expected to boost spending on local leisure facilities and services by up to £40,000 a year, as people move into their new homes.

The development is designed by the Newcastle-based architectural firm Ergo Projects.

Mr Reay added that on the back of a growing client base and an impressive portfolio of work, Ergo is going from strength-to-strength.

He said: “The opportunity to work for one of the region’s most exciting, up-and-coming residential developers is an exciting one that we would welcome as a creatively-driven design office.”

The firm hopes the proposals will be discussed by councillors during a meeting at County Hall in Durham next month.

Work is expected to start in spring with the first homes due to be completed by 2021.