AN application to build 20 more homes in Humshaugh has been met with opposition from residents and the parish council.

The proposal, submitted by Duchy Homes, is an extension to the south of the current 21 homes at the Chesters Meadow site which were approved in 2016.

A meeting at Humshaugh Village Hall last Saturday was attended by more than 80 residents who were unanimous in their objections to the proposal.

Coun. Dick Moules, chairman of Humshaugh Parish Council, said: “Further housing will be detrimental to the character of our village. Since 2016, 54 houses have been built or had construction approved in our village, an increase of 23 per cent.

“This proposal will create an estate of 41 houses, far in excess of the small development that a service village like Humshaugh should expect.”

The parish council also objected to the proposal for the three, four and five bedroomed homes in regards to flood risk, increased traffic and impact on wildlife and tourism.

In its planning statement, Duchy Homes said: “The principle of development on this site is acceptable and beneficial for Humshaugh. The site is deliverable in the short-term and will bring forward a range of housing types that has been directly influenced by local demand and community consultation.”

However, despite the developer stating in their 2016 application that “land to the south of the Chesters Meadow site was within the applicant’s control and would provide amenity land,” the Parish Council believes the developer is “going back on their promises to the village and its residents.” Duchy Homes was contacted for comment.