Nearly 200 people attended an action group’s first public meeting against plans for 1,375 homes in Maldon.

About 100 residents had to be turned away from Sunday’s gathering at the West Maldon Community Centre because there was not enough room and others stood outside to listen through the windows.

It was organised by Save Maldon Action Group and district councillors Brenda and Bryan Harker, Andy Cain and Alan Cheshire were among those who answered questions about Maldon District Council’s plans for the south Maldon ‘garden suburb’ off Limebrook Way.