PLANS to build more than 200 homes in a town could be set to clear the final hurdle.

Developer Redrow Homes is looking for the green light to build 216 homes in Witham.

It is the latest phase of proposals for 750 homes.

The site, on land next to Lodge Farm, off Hatfield Road, had initial planning permission granted by Braintree Council in 2016.

The initial bid outlined plans to build the homes but also a primary school, an early years centre and an enterprise centre.

Plans were granted subject to Section 106 agreements and since has been subject to numerous updates with developers seeking detailed planning permission.

Since 2016, more than 300 homes have received detailed planning permission, with developers launching the most recent bid for 216 homes in January – 65 as affordable housing.

The development is split into different phases with the latest bid looking to settle the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for Phases 3b and 4, at the northern end of the development site.

A number of homes in the first two phases have already been built.

A report by Braintree Council planning officers ahead of a committee meeting next Tuesday has recommended the proposals for approval.

In its application, Redrow said: “The proposed development will create an exciting residential area supported by areas of significant public open space, in what is already recognised as a desirable place to live.

“It will be supported by the wide ranging new and existing amenities, access to public transport and places to work.

“The proposals are entirely suitable for the site in terms of land use, amount of development, access, layout and appearance. The design approach will provide an exceptionally high-quality residential environment and create a development opportunity for future generations to benefit.

“The proposed built form complements the surrounding context and adopts a high-quality scheme of architectural merit and distinction.

“It has also been designed to complement the aims and objectives of the outline application.

“Ultimately the development at Phases 3B and 4 will become a vibrant new part of Lodge Farm and Witham.”