DETAILED proposals have been submitted for 190 homes to help pay for major restoration works at St Osyth’s historic Priory.

The controversial “outline” plans for the Wellwick site, off Colchester Road, were approved in 2016 following a long-running battle with villagers.

But detailed plans for the site, including an archery range, roads and open space, have now been submitted to Tendring Council by the Sargeant family.

The principle of residential development on the 16-hectare site has already been established, which means planners can only consider the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the proposed scheme.

The plans are part of an enabling development aimed at raising £3.3million to restore historic buildings at the nearby Priory, which dates back to the 12th century.

Priory owner Tim Sargeant said: “Following the grant of outline consent of 190 units on the Wellwick site and subsequent discussions with Tendring Council and the parish council, we are pleased to submit this application, which includes the finer details as to the proposed housing.

“The site was formerly a quarry and deep excavation means that the ground level in the centre of the site is considerably lower than the surrounding land.

“This means that the residential development is focused within the central part of the site, with landscaping around the outside creating a parkland setting.

“The design of the properties employ the Essex vernacular to achieve the village feel and acknowledges the traditional building forms and materials that can be found throughout St Osyth.

“Overall proposals will deliver high quality development that responds sensitively to its location at the edge of the settlement, adjacent the St Osyth Conservation Area, and its role as a gateway to the village.

“This development has already facilitated important repairs to the historic Priory buildings, allowing buildings dating from the early medieval period to be saved and put to good use pending its opening up to the public a major wedding, conference and visitor centre.”

St Osyth Parish Council chairman Sonia Gratham said the parish council will be considering its response at a meeting on October 18.

Tendring Council is expected to make its final decision by December 24.