Three huge homes have been granted planning permission on a rural lane despite opposition from the area’s only current resident.

Planning permission has been granted for each of the four, five and six-bedroom houses on land just off Brass Castle Lane.

The top end homes each sport large plots of land – the biggest described as gigantic by a planning officer – multiple bedrooms and triple garages.

Despite the size of the homes, planning officers said plans had been altered to fit in with the rural landscape.

Votes were split at Middlesbrough Council’s Planning and Development Committee on Friday after members heard the concerns of Gail George who lives at Green Willows – a house which the new development will be built around.

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Her words were spoken by Cllr Chris Hobson, Conservative councillor for Marton West.

She said: “I had thought, somewhat naively, that since the matter had been to the Secretary of State for outline planning permission for six small properties, certain issues would have been uncovered.”

Among a number of concerns, she continued: “Originally, outline planning permission was for six smaller houses. Then a scheme was submitted for five in March 2015.

“Then, in July 2018, the housing plan submitted shows houses much larger than my property at Green Willows, and currently only for three.

“The scale of the new properties are overpowering to the area of Green Willows and Eagle Park, and even to the existing plots.”

Looking at the plans Cllr Lesley McGloin, independent councillor for Nunthorpe, said: “Right, so this is huge.”

Commenting on the size of the planned houses and the amount of glazing, Cllr John Hobson, Conservative councillor for Marton West, said the only person who would be pleased with the development would be the window cleaner.

Cllr Vic Walkington, Labour councillor for Ayresome, also expressed concerns about the scale of the developments and voted against the largest of the houses.

But his Labour colleagues carried a majority and approved each of the applications in turn.

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