Work on 46 new homes at Furness village will begin in the spring after planners voted through the plans.

Sale-based developer Brookhouse Group will build 46 two, three and four-bedroomed houses on land next to Burlington Church of England Primary and Nursery School in Kirkby-in-Furness.

The scheme – which will be built on land owned by Holker Estates Ltd – includes nine affordable homes bungalows.

The developed had caused concern among residents over potential flooding, while the application has also come under scrutiny due to a reduction in the number of affordable homes.

But South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee voted through the proposal at a recent meeting.

Committee member Councillor Janette Jenkinson, said: “I think this is a good scheme and it is going to be good for Kirkby.”

The plans have been in the making since 2017.

Brookhouse Group’s Tom Whitehead told the committee that work on the homes would start in spring.

He added: “It is worth setting out just how hard we have worked on this scheme in response to local comments and the setting. It’s a great scheme and it has taken 20 months to get to this point.”