PLANS to build 40 new homes in a village near Thirsk have been approved, despite residents' opposition.

Hambleton District Council’s planning committee yesterday (Thursday, January 9) said applicant Taylor Wimpey’s revised scheme at Carton Miniott answered all councillors' concerns when the scheme was refused in April last year.

Planning officer Jill Low said the main issue had been dealt with by ensuring there would be a five year rolling supply of new homes.

She said: “Other concerns include the possible danger nearby lakes could pose to children, and the plans now include a thick hedge as well as a fence around the perimeter of the estate.

“There were also concerns from local residents about over-looking and over-shadowing, and the use of Ripon Way for access, but Highways has no objection to this.”

Agent Mark Lee said the applicant has pledged to contribute £148,100 towards local education provision and open spaces, and that the first wave of homes would be available later this year.

Councillors voted in favour of the development.