PLANS for 350 new homes on the edge of a market town have been submitted.

AAH Planning Consultants has applied to Durham County Council for outline planning including access for the new properties on land at High Farm, Dickens Way, Crook.

All other matters have been reserved for the 14.5hectare site which is currently used as agricultural land.

In a design and access statement submitted with the application, the applicant said the proposal "will offer a quality development, contributing to a mix of housing stock within the vicinity in a manner that would complement and enhance the character and setting of the local area, whilst remaining compatible with the surrounding land uses".

It would be anticipated that the homes would all be two-storey.

However, the application has attracted objections for nearby residents.

In one letter, a resident from Chaucer Drive said the new development would be too close to the existing homes his estate which would cause a "nuisance" and cause residents to be overlooked.

He also said he had concerns for protected trees and wildlife including frogs and newts.

Another resident said his home would have at least five properties backing onto it which would "completely impact the lives of all involved".

He asked: "Is Crook really ready for 350 new homes as well as a new estate on the other side of High West Road in a town that has one supermarket, no petrol station and a doctors' surgery bursting at the seams that takes two weeks to get an appointment?"

A lack of infrastructure was also raised as a concern by a resident in Dickens Way.

He said the infrastructure of Crook could not "cope" with 350 extra new homes and called it a "wholly badly planned proposal which will cause immense problems for the town".

Another resident of Chaucer Drive said the development would have a negative impact on families already living in the town and stated several reasons why he objected including a lack of school places and existing homes being overlooked.

He said: "There are other areas in County Durham which are available for building without robbing Crook of its rural landscape."

The application was validated on December 21, 2018 and is currently pending consideration. To view the application, visit publicaccess.durham.gov.uk and search for application number DM/18/03622/OUT.