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Revised plans by developer Iceni Homes for a new housing estate on a farmer’s field in Boxford have gone on show to villagers.

A previous planning application on Sand Hill was withdrawn earlier this year after complaints from villagers about drainage, flooding and fears the village would become “overloaded”.

The plans, which include the same number of homes – 20 affordable houses and five homes for private sale – were put on display at Boxford Village Hall on Friday, with Boxford Parish Council discussing the application at its meeting on Monday night.

Council chairman Michael Norman said: “We had a good turnout.

“We reckon more than 80 villagers came along to see the plans. When it was discussed at our meeting, it was mainly positive.”

He added: “I believe the application is going to be submitted to Babergh District Council for consideration very shortly.”

He said there was already a waiting list for the new homes, and villagers would get first consideration if the plans get the go-ahead.

Cox Hill resident Sue Bevan, from the village group YourBoxford, which opposed the original plans, said her members were due to meet last night to air their views.

“As far as I can see, very little has changed from the original plan,” she said.

“They have made some changes to the access and are suggesting constructing a footpath on the other side of Sand Hill down to the bus stop on Cox Hill.

“But this part of the road is very narrow and not ideal and so we still have the same issues for pedestrians.

“We are still arguing that this site is not at all suitable for the elderly and for families and that the village is overloaded. The school is already full up.”

Boxford district councillor Bryn Hurren said he expected opposition to the new plan.

He said: “We will get complaints, no doubt, but a lot of the complaints just don’t stack up. I think the scheme is a good one.”

Babergh District Council’s planning committee is expected to discuss the proposals in the coming months.