Ten new affordable homes have been lined up for construction in north Suffolk.
Ipswich-based Orwell Housing Association is bidding to build the eight houses and two flats on land currently used as pedestrian access to the yard of the 15th Century Grade I listed church in Wilby.
The bid is a sequel to the one rejected by Mid Suffolk District Council in February due to visual and road issues.
The properties could increase the village’s population by between 30 to 40 people, as the firm has applied to the council to construct two one-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom houses, and four three-bedroom houses.
The 0.36ha of land, which is currently owned by the district council itself, is not in a conservation area.
A spokesperson for Orwell Housing Association, said: “The site lies within the settlement boundary for Wilby, and is clearly demarcated by mature trees, hedging and fencing. As such, we believe it stands as a site identified for development, with a potential density of development, relating to planning guidance of 35 dwellings per hectare.”
A supporting statement for the application, added: “We would suggest that the immediate setting of the church is not and has not recently been one of open countryside, but is at the heart of a settlement, which has not obscured it or made it less prominent.”
A homes bid was also made in 1994, but was withdrawn.