DETAILED plans for 250 homes near Little Clacton have been recommended for approval by council planners.

Local developer Kevin Britton was granted outline permission in 2015 for up to 250 homes on the Oakwood Park site, off Thorpe Road, Clacton.

But now Persimmon Homes and Britton Developments have submitted detailed plans relating to the appearance, access, landscaping, layout and scale of the ten-hectare development on unfarmed agricultural land.

It includes a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties, 16 of which are classed as ‘affordable homes’, alongside public open space, a play area, new roads and associated infrastructure.

Little Clacton Parish Council previously said it feared if the plans were approved, it would pave the way for another 1,780 homes on a neighbouring site.

Planning officers have recommended the plans for approval.

A report said: “The application forms part of a wider development site, including completed and occupied employment units to the south.

“From a highway and transportation perspective the impact of the proposal is now deemed acceptable to the highway authority subject to the imposition of conditions.

“The development would be laid out in a manner that adheres to the parking standards and pays regard to the need to plan for sustainable access for all, with a network of footpath and cycleways connecting this scheme to future surrounding developments, as well as to services and community facilities.

“It is considered that the scale, layout, density, height and massing of the proposed dwellings and overall elevation designs would be in broad harmony with the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

“Furthermore, the proposal would provide for acceptable living conditions for future residents, and as such their amenities would not be harmed.”

The site was originally earmarked for industrial and warehousing needs, but a spokesman for the developer previously said there is a greater need for housing.

Conditions include the developer providing £348,200 for education and £101,000 for the provision of a public bus service to Clacton town centre.

A decision on the application was set to be made by Tendring Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.