Developers are hoping a second attempt at getting permission to build houses on a farm in green belt land will be successful.

A planning application for four homes at Blunts Farm in Coopersale Street, Theydon Bois, has been registered with the district council.

A previous plan to add four houses to the site was rejected by a planning committee last July because members were worried about the location.

But Charlie Biss, of architects BB Partnership, who is representing developer Mark Swan, said the new plans were much smaller scale than last year’s.

He added: “This is for four houses, one of which is an existing replacement house and there will be three new ones.

“It would be a much more compact scheme, basically relating to the footprint of the existing buildings.

“It has to be no more harmful on the green belt than the existing buildings.

“The council members didn’t like the last scheme, but maybe they will this time.”

More than 30 letters of objection to last year’s plans were received by the council, with neighbours raising concerns over damage to the area’s character and increased traffic.

People can comment on the current plans by contacting Epping Forest District Council before February 15.