A BID to build 37 new homes has been recommended for refusal by council planners.

The planned development would see housing built on land at High Garrett if it gets the go-ahead.

The estate was put forward by Rainier Developments.

The company wants to build the homes next to the A131 which runs through High Garrett.

So far, Braintree Council has received almost 60 objections to the plans.

Most raised concerns over the impact on traffic on the busy road.

The plans have been dealt a blow after being recommended for refusal when they go before a planning committee.

The report outlines a number of reasons for potentially rejecting the bid, including harm to the character of High Garrett, location and access to amenities and conflict with existing council development plans.

The development’s positive aspects were also recognised, with the report highlighting the impact on housing demand, economic and social benefits and affordable housing.

The report says: “The proposal would introduce 37 dwellings in the countryside where facilities and amenities are beyond reasonable and safe walking distance of the site and alternative modes of transport are problematic to access.

“As a consequence development in this location would undoubtedly place reliance upon travel by private motor car, conflicting with the aim to locate development where the need for travel can be minimised and the use of sustainable transport modes can be maximised.

“The proposal would result in the intrusion of development into the countryside and fails to appreciate the intrinsic value of the site in terms of the function it plays in this particular location, by way of the setting it creates, controlling ribbon development and urban sprawl and providing a soft undeveloped approach in to the town.

“The proposed development would result in a detrimental impact upon the character and amenity of the countryside.”

Braintree Council’s planning committee will rule on the application at a meeting on Tuesday.