A 42-HOME estate in a village has been passed despite objections.

The ‘large homes’ will be built on land near Longsight Road in Langho, the Ribble Valley, with 13 of the properties sold as affordable housing, meaning they will be put on the market with at least 20% discount on the market value.

The homes, which have been described as properties that will be ‘large in size and will clearly appeal to the high value end of the housing market’, will vary from two-bedroom bungalows to five-bedroom detached homes.

But during the planning process over 20 objections were received in relation to the development, including from the parish council and the North West Police Benevolent Fund.

A spokesman for the Billington and Langho Parish council said: “This development will exceed the residual figures for new housing within the village and the large size of the houses does not reflect the need for retirement bungalows and first-time buyers.

“There will be am increase in the number of people still using the railway station however there is no car park at the station and no disabled access.”

Residents in the area have also cited a loss of privacy, the impact on infrastructure and an increase in crime levels as causes for concern.

But in contrast to the concern shown by residents, planners have said the new development will create opportunities for young families, allowing new residents to move in to the area.

A spokesman for developers Pringle Homes said: “All potential new residents will introduce additional expenditure into the local area thereby supporting the local shops and amenities.

“The increase of Council Tax funding and the boost in population will help support the continued sustainability of the local area.

“The landscaping scheme has been designed to support the character and image of the local area with well defined spaces and a ‘soft edge’ where the development meets the site frontage and adjacent open countryside.”