ANOTHER housing application has been submitted in Lea – bringing the total number of proposed homes in the village to 115.

North Oak Homes has pitched a scheme for 44 houses on land adjacent to to Lea Hall.

The chairman of Lea Action Group fears that it could destroy the village's character if other applications are approved.

An emergency general meeting was held in the village last week to discuss plans to build 28 homes near the village school.

Bell Homes Ltd want to site the properties at Castle End.

If the scheme is approved, a Section 106 agreement to the tune of £250,000 would be paid to local libraries, Sport England, recreation, leisure, the village school and public transport.

But, around 30 people attending the meeting unanimously voted against the plans, with concerns about the close proximity to the school and a Grade II listed building raised.

The applications come on top of two other schemes that have been pitched in Lea.

BH Savidge & Son want to build 39 homes on land adjacent to the petrol station, while Townsend House & Haines Ltd have submitted outline plans for four homes at Hunters Hall.

"Is there a need for 44 additional homes when you already have applications for 28 and 39 homes in the centre of the village?" asked Steve Banner, chairman of Lea Action Group.

"The centre of Lea is prone to flooding and any thought about constructing in the centre of Lea gets people worried."