RESIDENTS have given their backing to blueprints outlining where and what type of development should be allowed in a village.

A total of 513 people voted in favour of the Cressing Neighbourhood Plan during a referendum held on Thursday, February 6.

There were 30 votes against approving the document and the turnout was 38.26 per cent.

The neighbourhood plan has been put together by members of Cressing Parish Council and volunteers over the past few years.

It outlines where residents want to see new homes built in the village and the style of development.

Having now successfully passed the referendum phase, Braintree Council's cabinet members will discuss the proposed plan before all councillors will vote whether to approve the neighbourhood plan.

If formally adopted, the document will then be consulted before decisions are made on all future planning applications put forward for Cressing.