Issued: October 16, 2015
No objection to design and layout of proposed Coopersale
No objection has been voiced by Epping Town Council to the design and general layout of a proposed development of 18 homes on allotment land in Coopersale.
However concerns over the access to the site, off Institute Road, are to be raised with the district council.
The town counci's planning committee meeting was told that the number of dwellings had been reduced from 20 to 18 following consultation with residents.
Twelve houses and six flats - from two-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses - are proposed for the site behind 8-22 Institute Road.
A spokesman for the developer added that parking provision was in accordance with guidelines with three parking spaces allocated for each four-bedroom house and two for three-bedroom houses.
Six visitor parking spaces are also included.
Councillor Tony Church raised concerns over the plan to move a street light by the entrance in Institute Road.
He said: "We haven't got the full details. I think there is a highways issue here - pedestrian safety, lighting (the street light), and there is concern about the number of extra cars that are going to be using Institute Road and the pressure on local doctors and schools.
"I don't think we have enough information."
Councillor Grahame Scruton said: "It's providing homes for the community. It has plenty of parking. If only one allotment is being used and that can be relocated... it's providing 18 dwellings in what is a potentially underused (allotment) site."
Deputy town mayor Les Burrows said: "We need houses. It's a good project but we need the district council to look at this because of the lack of information."
Interim town clerk Beverley Rumsey said that at the time of the meeting three objections had been received by the town council and eight letters of objection had been
sent to the district council.
The application is set to be considered by district councillors in December.