Three new homes look set to be built on the site of a former Chinese restaurant and other properties in Brightlingsea.

Jo Chan submitted the scheme for numbers 56, 58, 60 and 62 High Street, which involves demolishing the restaurant, three two-storey homes and a garage. In their place will go one large five-bedroom property and two two-bedroom homes.

Tendring District Council (TDC) decided that the development is acceptable for the site, despite opposition from Brightlingsea Town Council. TDC also received three letters of objection and one of observation. The site is in the town’s Conservation Area with several listed buildings nearby, including the Grade I listed Jacobs Hall.

According to TDC, the applicant provided supporting evidence to show the buildings at number 56 are beyond reasonable economic repair, justifying its demolition. A number of amendments have been made to the original proposal that will now preserve the setting of the listed buildings and there was no objection from Essex County Council as highways authority.