NINE new cottages are set to be built in Braintree after planning permission was granted last week.

The site, which is on land to the rear of Gordon House on Rayne Road, will provide space for amenities and parking to cater for the new homes.

It is situated within a designated conservation area and is close to the listed Horse and Groom pub.

These points, coupled with the fact that Gordon House is a non-designated heritage asset, raised a series of obstacles for development on the site.

The plans were initially refused in 2016, when the development was deemed to detract from the character of the local area.

A further application for 16 apartments in 2017 was also rejected for the same reason, and a third application was then submitted and withdrawn the following year.

The plans were then modified to their present form and finally accepted by the council last week.

In a heritage statement in February, consultant Janice Gooch said: “The proposed design reflects the smaller domestic dwellings that could have been constructed to back lands and rear ground.

“Each building should be distinctive adding to the visual interest of the site.”