Plans to build 77 new homes on agricultural land in Brightlingsea have been given the green light.

Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Committee last night approved the scheme south west of Robinson Road for Hopkins Homes.

The application put forward by the developers includes garages, access roads, parking, fencing, walls, landscaping, public open space, drainage and highways infrastructure.

Members of the Committee heard that the site is outside – but next to – the town boundary.

Brightlingsea Town Council supported the proposal but raised a number of concerns which were all resolved following negotiations with Hopkins Homes. Eight letters of objection were received.

Clare David, TDC’s Planning Development Manager, said that the development included a mixture of types of property.

“They are mainly two storey but also one, one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half storey homes planned for the site,” she said. “There are large aspirational houses, family homes and smaller properties designed in keeping with the surrounding area of the town.”

The application was approved with seven votes in favour and one abstention. A total of 12 conditions were imposed. A Section 106 legal agreement will also need to be completed within six months for the developer’s contribution towards affordable housing, education and open space provision.

The Committee heard that the developers had carried out an all-day consultation in the town which was favourably received.

Members felt the scheme is beneficial, sustainable and proportionate to the area and welcomed the fact that broadband services would be provided as part of the proposal.

Further information can be found on Hopkins Homes’ website here.

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