A property developer has applied to build nine homes in a village.

Landowner Mr Thompson, through Julia MacKay Properties, submitted an application to Braintree Council for land to the south of Silver Street in Wethersfield.

If successful the site, now agricultural land, would be home to two three-bedroom houses and seven houses with four or more bedrooms.

The 0.46ha site, equivalent to three quarters of a football pitch, would have 22 car parking spaces.

The application is a resubmission of a previous refusal from October, which received 20 objection comments.

The plans were refused because the site is in the countryside and falls outside the village envelope and limited facilities in walking distance.

The refusal letter also said there are limited facilities and amenities within walking distance of the site and development in this location would place reliance on travel by car.

It added: “The design and layout of the site is ill-conceived and poorly executed, failing to secure a high quality design or a good standard of amenity for future occupiers.

“Moreover the development by way of the layout and approach to the boundaries results in an enclave of housing unrelated to the wider settlement which fails to successfully integrate in to the area, of harm to the character of the settlement and the amenity of the countryside.”

To comment visit publicaccess.braintree.gov.uk and use reference 17/02253/FUL.