The look and layout of 80 new homes in Burnham has been revealed.

Outline plans for the site on land at Southminster Road was approved by the secretary of state back in April 2017.

The initial bid had been rejected by Maldon District Council but land promoter Gladman Developments appealed the decision.

Now Matthew Homes Ltd has submitted a reserved matters application revealing the design and look of the new homes.

The scheme includes 30 per cent affordable housing and will see a new pedestrian route linking the development to the town centre.

A design and access statement said: “As part of the pre-application process Matthew Homes engaged with Maldon District Council to discuss the site layout.

“Meetings with Maldon District Council and local ward members occurred on February 6 and March 22. Matthew Homes presented a layout which was based upon the principles of the outline approval.

“Comments were made by officers and members and as a result of this consultation the layout was then revised and now forms part of the reserved matters application.”

The 3.71 hectares equates to 22 dwellings per hectare and the application said it “allows sufficient space between dwellings and garden sizes to maintain the suburban character”.

The application added: “The proposed houses are designed to ensure a high quality environment that is respectful to the local area.

“The new development will possess visual cohesion by using materials and design styles which reflect local distinctiveness.”

Outline planning permission was granted after both Mr Javid and an inspector found the council’s then unapproved Local Development Plan could only be afforded “limited weight”.

The Local Development Plan went on to be approved in the summer of 2017.

Mr Javid also found the proposal would “yield considerable economic, social and environmental benefits” and despite resulting in the loss of an open field “the site carries no recognition as a particularly valued landscape.”

Maldon District Council will have the final say on the reserved matters bid.