DOZENS of new homes could be built on the edge of a historic village.

Huntstowe Land is seeking planning permission to build 50 new houses on land off Bardfield Road, Finchingfield.

The blueprints for the scheme have been unveiled following the conclusion of a public consultation which saw just two residents support the scheme, while the rest of respondents were either unsure or firmly against the plans.

Huntstowe had initially proposed to build 60 homes on the site, but other concerns raised during the public consultation has seen the developer reduce the number by ten.

They plan to use the extra space to create a bigger green park.

In its planning statement, the applicant said: "The feedback received suggested that there are concerns about the impact of a development of the scale proposed on local infrastructure, traffic and the character of the village; the applicant has listened to local residents and has reduced the proposed number of homes from 60 to 50.

"The proposals have been designed in response to a thorough analysis of Finchingfield and the surrounding villages, offering a high-quality design, density and landscape character that is in keeping with the local area.

"The development team will continue its discussions and engagement with local residents and stakeholders following submission of the planning application."

Despite the historic nature of Finchingfield, the new homes would lie outside the designated conservation area. The developer has argued that the inclusion of trees and other greenery will help the development to fit in with the rest of the village and ensure there is a transition between the surrounding countryside and settlements.

The relevant authorities, including the parish council, will now be consulted on the proposals before a final decision is made by Braintree Council.

Residents are also able to have their say by visiting the council's planning portal and searching reference number 19/00069/OUT.