Quite often plans for village expansion and huge new estates of houses are met with fierce opposition and local protest.
But one community in Suffolk is putting forward plans to expand their village which residents say is vital to sustain its future.
91% of those in Lavenham who voted were in favour of plans to build around 100 homes over the next decade.
Currently, expensive housing means it's mainly the older generation who can afford to live in the area. Now villagers want to bring young families back.
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People in a town in Suffolk celebrated the life of a soldier who was killed three years ago.
Members of the Household Cavalry lead the Lavenham carnival procession yesterday in memory of their colleague Lance Corporal Jonathan Woodgate, a soldier from the town who died while serving in Afghanistan.
The owner of a Suffolk tearoom is replacing a sign that has caused years of controversy.
The sign at Tickled Pink in Lavenham shows a teamaid lying on a bench, and has angered some locals for being too risque.
In the past it has been defaced, and its owner Maxine Mansfield says she has had to replace the sign three times. She now says that she is planning to change it for a picture of Marilyn Monroe.
When we hear about truffle hunting it's usually pigs that are associated with rooting around for that culinary delicacy.
But now a dog in Lavenham in Suffolk has shown a remarkable ability for sniffing out the precious fungi. Stuart Leithes reports.
More than 200 people have enquired about buying a house in Suffolk which featured in one of the Harry Potter films.
The grade one listed De Vere House at Lavenham is on the market for just under £1 million.
It featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as part of Godric's Hollow.
It is thought King Henry VII once stayed there.