PLANS to build an eco-friendly retirement village in Burnham have stalled after council bosses rejected new designs.

The development of Bunrham Waters in Burnham, consists of highly eco-efficient bungalows, a care home with dementia wing, and independent living affordable housing apartments.

As well as on-site facilities including a medical centre and leisure facilities such as tennis courts, swimming pool, shops, a new bridleway and public open spaces

The developer has worked collaboratively with Maldon District Council over the last three years to prepare a retirement community scheme that met with local planning policies, and outline permission was granted in September.

Since September the developer has collaborated with the councils’ planning staff to prepare detailed designs for individual buildings. The contemporary and forward-looking design approach taken reflects the content of the Council’s Design Guide.

A Reserved Matters application to agree the design of all buildings and their ecologically led landscape setting was submitted to the District Council in April.

The Planning Officer’s Committee Report recommended the plans for approval.

However the council’s elected Members determined that permission should be refused because the contemporary design of buildings would not reflect and so would lead to harm to the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

Following the decision, Ian Holloway, the project director, said "We have listened carefully to elected members design concerns and are redesigning all of the buildings in a traditional manner.

"An amended Reserved Matters application will be submitted imminently.

"However, it remains the developer’s view that there is merit in the contemporary scheme, which might be considered to be more appropriate by future generations and so we will also appeal the recent refusal of Reserved Matters."

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