Residents have voiced concerns over a new housing development in a "genteel suburb" on the outskirts of Ipswich, which they say would work to join up a rural village with the town.

An application for reserved matters, currently awaiting decision, was submitted to East Suffolk Council earlier this year for 14 new homes, 25 retirement apartments and a 75-bed care home in Rushmere St Andrew.

The application was approved in August last year, but has now been submitted with proposed designs for the homes.

Made by developer Ruby Homes, the new homes and care home would be of new-build design, at the 4.4-acre site off The Street.

The village has been described in application documents as "rather a genteel suburb", with large houses set back from the street, a large duck pond and a 19th century church.

The Street resident Michael Bantock has said the plans, which have been in the works for years, do not reflect the rural location and are not in-keeping with the rest of the village.

He added that the development would cause more traffic through an already-busy narrow road, which would make it dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.

Mr Bantock said: "Planning permission was originally granted for some homes in this area, and now the plans have been re-submitted with 14 small houses, without hedging, along with a big care home.

"The plans are not in-keeping with the street. It is a tiny village street, deemed a separate location, and the houses will cause a join-up with Ipswich.

"It is one road full of old houses, and very rural. I understand people need houses, but this is not what the original plans were."

A spokesperson for developer Ruby Homes said: "The plans are currently reserved matters, and our architects have seen the comments on the planning portal and are in discussion with the planning officer.

"It is too early for us to comment. We need to see the full response to the plans first."