Pockets of land put forward for potential housing in an historic village have caused concern.

Braintree Council has earmarked one area of land in Cookfield, off East Street, Coggeshall, for up to 12 houses.

However, developers and landowners have suggested another 17 alternative sites, including recreation land at Vicarage Field, open land beside the bypass, and sites off East Street and West Street.

It is part of the latest stage of the council’s Local Development Framework, the Draft Site Allocations and Development Management Plan, which is currently open to public consultation.

A Braintree Council spokesman confirmed it was proposing only the one site at Cookfield.