SIXTY-EIGHT homes could be built on farm land next to a conservation area in a South Derbyshire village.
George Breed, of Persimmon Homes, has applied to South Derbyshire District Council for permission to build the homes with access off land at Kings Newton Lane, Melbourne.
The housing developer admits that as the site is next to the Kings Newton Conservation Area it will need to be designed in a careful manner to respect the character of the Main Street and Kings Newton Lane.
Plans include six two-bedroom homes, 28 three-bedroom, 14 four-bedroom, and 14 rented, as well as six intermediate housing (usually shared ownership), and space for 150 cars.
Mr Breed said in the planning statement: “An attractive frontage to Kings Newton Lane which reflects the Kings Newton Conservation Area can be created.
“A mix of house types can be delivered to improve the choice of housing in the Melbourne area and meet the needs and aspirations of local people.
“A pedestrian link between the existing neighbourhood and the new housing can be created via The Woodlands, and the public footpath running along the edge of the site can be integrated into the proposals.”
He added: “Overall it is maintained that the proposed accommodation and the quality of the houses and green spaces will be attractive to the market and contribute to the creation of a vibrant and popular new development.”