Space will have to be found for another 500 homes in Great Cornard and Sudbury under a council plan for the area.
Babergh District Council has been contacting local landowners to the north-east of Sudbury and Great Cornard in an effort to find a suitable site for 500 homes earmarked for the area.
Councils are under pressure from the Government to build more new homes – and a meeting of Great Cornard Parish Council last week heard that there was currently a “big red arrow” pointing firmly at the village.
Councillors questioned exactly where this area was, and if a specific site had been located.
Council manager Michael Fitt said that the authority had received an approach from the district council about potentially obtaining Shawlands Wood and its surrounding land.
“The answer is no as it’s our nature reserve,” said Mr Fitt, speaking outside the meeting.
The parish council has now started its own search for an ideal housing site.
Last week, Mr Fitt met officers from the district council to discuss plans, but could not reveal the outcome of the talks.
Babergh District Council did not comment.