MASSIVE plans for more than 600 new homes on the edge of Weeley have been thrown out.

Taylor Wimpey wanted to build up to 380 properties on the current car boot field north of Colchester Road.

The proposals for the 20-hectare site also included employment land, a one-form primary school and open spaces.

The second application was for 228 homes on a green field site, with a two-form primary school, nursery and car park south of Colchester Road.

Both proposals were unanimously rejected by Tendring Council’s planning committee last night.

Council planning manager Gary Guiver said: “These schemes are unnecessary - and by and large unwanted - and the adverse impacts outweigh the benefits.”

The parish council and County Hall highways had also objected to the proposals.

Councillors were told that the Taylor Wimpey plans could provide up to 500 new jobs and was a high quality design and layout.

Mr Guiver described the second scheme, south of Colchester Road, as “disjointed" and a "piecemeal" development.

Both sites were outside the village development boundary.