Proposals have been submitted to create six new homes on land north of an historic village near Sudbury.

Wilkinson Planning has applied to Babergh District Council on behalf of Lavenham Ltd for permission to build the small development to the west of Bury Road, Lavenham.

The size of the homes has not been specified.

Planning documents say the land is currently used for agricultural purposes and has not been earmarked for development in the past.

But Wilkinson Planning argued the scheme would bring a range of benefits to the community, both socially and economically.

The planning statement submitted with the proposals says: "The proposal yields positive benefits through the creation of a healthy and functionally sound dwellings which are conducive for day-to-day living, with positive interaction within the immediate and surrounding areas.

"Positive contribution to the local community can in some instances stimulate stronger communities.

"The space provided will enable good domestic enjoyment without materially hindering or oppressing the social enjoyment experienced by neighbouring property.

"The proposal provides a contribution to much needed housing of a desirable form."