A RARE scheme to build a housing development consisting entirely of affordable homes at the heart of a village has been recommended for approval.

Hambleton District Council’s planning committee will hear the proposal to in-fill a site off Danes Crest, Brompton, would feature two affordable rental homes and 19 on a rent-to-buy basis.

Leading councillors have repeatedly expressed frustration over proposed estates including far less than the council’s policy of 40 per cent affordable housing on developments of 15 homes or more.

The proposal by Karbon Homes, which manages almost 30,000 properties across the wider North-East region, follows the district council identifying an urgent need for smaller and affordable homes.

The developer said there was a particular need for the type of housing in Brompton to help young families onto the housing ladder to ensure local labour is retained within the district through the availability of affordable homes.

A Karbon Homes spokesman said it would place a particular emphasis on helping potential buyers with the support of the Homes England Rent to Buy scheme.

A consultation over the proposals in the summer found half of the responses from residents related to concerns the development would exacerbate flooding in the village, but Karbon Homes said drainage had been carefully considered with a subterranean tank controlling the outflow of water during increased rainfall.

However, residents have submitted numerous objections to the scheme, which they said would aggravate parking issues and create road safety concerns. It was claimed the planned demolition of eight garages in nearby Danes Crest would create further parking problems.

Resident James Walsh said: “We have massive concerns regarding the potential removal of the grassed area that many children use."

Karbon Homes said if planning permission is granted, it was hoped the development will be completed by late next year.