SIX affordable houses have been proposed at the edge of a Staffordshire Moorlands village.
Plans have been put forward by Linda Bailey to construct four semi-detached, two-bedroom homes, and two semi-detached three-bedroom properties, along with vehicle access and parking on land off Edge Lane, Endon.
The application site comprises 0.8 hectares (1.9 acres) of grassland situated just outside the current boundary of Endon.
The site currently houses a timber stable.
A design and access statement submitted on behalf of the applicant said: "The application is made on the basis of pre-planning advice sought from the planning department.
"There are no suitable alternatives developments sites in the Endon area which can be identified.
"Having ruled out the possibility of affordable housing being satisfied within the village boundary, it is reasonable to look at small scale sites adjoining the village boundary. Although the development could be looked at as inappropriate, the over-riding need for affordable housing for local people should be considered.
"The national planning policy framework introduces a presumption in favour of sustainable development and identifies a number of core principles which should underpin decision taking
"Core principle three states planning should proactively drive and support sustainable economic development to deliver the homes, business and industrial units, infrastructure and thriving local places that the country needs."
The proposed development would consist of a cul-de-sac layout comprising three pairs of semi detached properties.
Each dwelling would benefit from a substantial domestic curtilage.
The front boundaries would be defined by planted borders and slab footpaths and front drives laid to tarmac with at least two parking spaces.
Access to the site would be from Edge Lane via an existing access that would be improved to provided a minimum five metres width, and would be wide enough for two cars to pass and be to the approval of the highways department.
District councillor for the area Henry Jebb said the site was in the green belt.
He said: "The site is outside the village boundary and it would be unusual if permission was granted.
"It is not an ideal location, but the application will be studied like every other plan."
The proposed dwellings have been designed to a simple traditional appearance, constructed from a mix of reclaimed brick and natural stone with natural slate roofs, cottage style windows and a tiled porch roof.
A decision on the application is expected within eight weeks.