PLANS for a new housing development in Cumnock should be given the green light, council officials have said - despite strong local opposition.

Proposals for 22 new houses on a site near Cameron Crescent in Netherthird will go before the East Ayrshire Council (EAC) planning committee this week.

In a report, EAC planning chiefs say the application should be approved, subject to conditions.

An application was submitted to East Ayrshire planning chiefs by JKM Consultancy on behalf of Mr Jim Smith, in February 2022.

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Site plans show that access to the residential area would be between two homes currently on Cameron Crescent.

Locals have voiced their opposition to the plans, with 20 separate objections being lodged with the local authority.

The planners' report summarises the nature of the objections - which include concerns around  noise, lighting, drainage, privacy and traffic.

A design statement submitted alongside the formal planning application says that "there are a variety of access solutions that can be explored and utilised to serve the site".

Despite the local concerns, planners say in their report: "It is recommended that the planning committee approve the planning application subject to the conditions detailed in the appendix to this report."

The planning committee meets on Friday, September 29.