Proposals to build 115 homes in Brightlingsea have been given the go ahead by Tendring District Council’s Planning Committee.

The application by Hopkins Homes on land off Robinson Road had previously been deferred by the Committee to allow time for concerns over wildlife on the site and access onto Wilfreds Way to be addressed.

Councillors heard last night (Tuesday, March 6) that surveys revealed no permanent presence of bats or Great Crested Newts on the development land.

Access to Wilfreds Way will now only be for cyclists and pedestrians, with a bollard put in place to prevent all but emergency vehicle access.

The developer will also make a financial contribution to help maintain nearby play areas and provide school places.

A total of 38 letters objecting to the scheme were received.

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