The amount of taxpayers' money spent on planning appeals has been highlighted as a "concern" in a report.

Maldon District Council's finance and corporate services committee raised concerns after £17,000 was spent on the Sadds Wharf development appeal.

Outline plans, which includes 93 home, offices and leisure facilities, for the five-acre site off Station Road, Maldon, were approved by a Government inspector in 2009.

Since then the council’s decision on the appearance and scale of the development has been overturned.

Its decision to refuse the proposed landscaping of the development has been upheld, and the developers have since submitted a fresh application for landscaping plans.

The total cost associated with planning appeals amounts £20, 691, which includes £1,910 relating to Hill Farm, Althorne.

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