A housing development is set to be built in a Lake District village despite neighbours’ many concerns.

Plans to build a housing development at Gosforth have been approved by the Lake District National Park Authority, with 16 new homes now set to be built in the village.

The plot will be developed on land currently used for grazing adjacent to Ellerslie, with four one-bedroom bungalows, six three-bedroom homes and six four-bedroom homes set to be built.

But surrounding residents have raised their concerns over the 0.55 hectare proposal, with main worries including; loss of green space, increased risk of flooding and excess traffic and parking issues.

Writing in objection to the plans, one villager said: “There is already a lot of houses in Gosforth which are second homes/holiday homes and several that have been on the market for a considerable time.

“What is there to stop these new ones from becoming more of the same?

“[We] moved into Gosforth because it is a village. We would like it to remain so.

"As I have already said if this gets passed what is to stop further proposals? There have been previous proposals blocked for these reasons, I do not see how this one is any different.”

Another urged the authority to “carefully consider” the risk of flooding, saying: “During periods of heavy rainfall there is a large quantity of water that comes from the land proposed for development, and runs down the road and currently drains into the field opposite Ellerslie Terrace.

“Ellerslie Terrace was affected by surface water flooding in 2012, and whilst a large drain has been put into the hedge opposite and no flooding occurred since, I think the flood risk would be significantly increased with this development.”

But the authority fully approved the plans, with conditions that must be followed in order for the development to be accepted.

These include; prior approval of the home designs by the authority, the new homes must be the owners’ primary residence, a surface water drainage scheme must be approved by the authority, and a tree protection scheme should be presented and approved.

All eight conditions must be met before work begins.