Plans for two homes to be built behind a house in a mid Suffolk village following the infill of an existing swimming pool have been refused due to overdevelopment concerns. 

Proposals for The Willows in Park Road, Wetherden, near Stowmarket, were submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council seeking permission to replace the domestic pool with two single-storey homes. 

The planned two-bedroom homes would be complete with single garages and a new vehicular access route, separate from that used by The Willows itself.

A statement to Mid Suffolk District Council on behalf of the applicants said: "The properties have been designed to minimise impact on neighbours by limiting the scale to a single storey." 

It concluded: "The proposed development has been very sensitively designed with the relevant constraints heavily influencing the submitted design." 

On Thursday, Mid Suffolk District Council refused the plans due to fears of overdevelopment and the impact on the village.

Refusing the plans, they said: "The layout, massing and number of dwellings proposed would create a sense of built enclosure for future occupiers of the land.

"This overdevelopment and urbanising effect on the edge of a countryside village is not compatible with its verdant location."