Residents in Panfield Lane will be protected by “buffers” separating them from a new 600-home development.

The North-West Braintree masterplan, which will be used as guidance for future planning applications for the site, was approved by Braintree Council on Monday night.

As well as housing, the masterplan includes provision for shops, open spaces, community and sporting facilties, including a new stadium for Braintree Town Football Club.

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