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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