A BID to build 70 homes in a village has suffered a blow after council bosses rejected the plans.

Braintree Council’s planning committee met on Tuesday to discuses plans which aimed to build the homes in Bocking.

Eastlight Community Homes wants to build the houses on land south of Bovingdon Road, next to the River Pant.

But committee members voted unanimously to reject the application.

It comes after the bid was recommended for refusal in a planning report prior to the meeting.

In the report, reasons for refusal outlined included the site being in a conservation area, the impact on Bocking, it being outside the Braintree town boundary and the probability of flooding.

County councillor for Bocking Lynette Bowers-Flint spoke against the application.

She said: “I ask members to consider rejecting this planning application for 70 dwellings on a site that lies within the countryside.

“First of all, let me say that I do support the fact that houses and homes are needed in the district, however they need to be in the right location. Surely the scale and nature of this development is not acceptable in this location.

“Part of this application lies within a flood zone, meaning it is has a high possibility of flooding. Anyone who knows Bocking will be aware that the village has suffered with flooding issues throughout the years.

She added: “I must also say that Braintree Council, at the last review, had over its quota for a five-year housing land supply, therefore a site of this size is not required at this time and surely it is far better to concentrate growth in a more sustainable location than this.”