TWO new housing developments totalling 35 homes have both been refused for Amotherby.

The two applications were discussed by Ryedale District Council’s planning committee last Tuesday.

The first application was for 12 three-bedroom homes and three two-bedroom homes on the former garage site in Malton Road.

The planning officer’s report said there was no objection to the demolition of the two workshops on the “poor condition” site, which would be “visually improved” by development.

However, they said that planning permission for the site had previously been rejected due to “noise implications from the adjoining factory site and the sub-standard level of residential amenity”.

They added that the proximity of the food processing operations - and the noise from the B1257 - made the principle of residential development on the site “highly questionable”.

The second application was for 20 semi-detached homes just across the road from the garage, on a 0.79 hectare plot of land.

Again, the planning officer’s report prompted refusal It said: “The proposed development would result in a significant adverse effect on the character of the village of Amotherby beyond the identified settlement limits for the village as set out in the Ryedale Plan Local Plan Strategy adopted 2013. The development of this site would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the open countryside between the villages of Amotherby and Swinton.”