Plans to build dozens of homes on an industrial site in Great Yeldham are set to be rejected.

Arboretum Partners applied for outline planning permission to build 26 homes at Woodpecker Court, in Poole Street, in November.

However the proposals for the partially used industrial site, which drew more than 150 objections from concerned residents, have been recommended for refusal by council officers.

The officer advice, in a council report, states: “It is acknowledged the provision of housing would bring social and economic benefits, would contribute towards the district’s five year housing supply and deliver affordable housing and this should be given significant weight.

“In addition the development will bring about other economic benefits including the creation of construction jobs and increased demand for local services.

“Moreover the development would develop a site which is in part brownfield, albeit the site is not entirely redundant.”

However they argue the new homes would not be in keeping with the rest of the village and are in an unsustainable location.

The statement continues: “It is considered that the site is in a location which is beyond reasonable walking distance to the services and facilities in Great Yeldham village.

“Furthermore the site does not benefit from a safe or convenient pedestrian link to the village which would encourage sustainable modes of travel.”

The plans will be discussed at a meeting of Braintree Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.