A BID for 40 flats on a controversial retirement village development in Burnham are set to be decided next week... with planners recommended they are approved. 

The plans also include access ways, landscaping and parking for an approved medical centre at the Burnham Waters development.

The designs include two flat blocks comprising 40 flats with a communal area between the flats and bike storage.

The site is located within the proposed over-55 retirement community which was approved in 2020.

The flats are made up of 12 two-bedroom flats and 28 one-bedroom flats in the one storey building blocks.

Private amenity space will also be provided in each home in to form of a balcony, sized to suit the occupancy of each flat.

The balconies will allow for adequate space for outdoor dining and drying clothes.

There is a total of 68 car parking spaces and 64 cycle spaces proposed for outside the flats.

There will be 20 market houses and 20 social, affordable or intermediate-rent homes.

The site at the land of the north side of the B1010 Maldon Road and Green Lane and west of Tinkers Hole in Burnham has had multiple plans approved.

These plans include 103 bungalows, a 70-bedroom care home, a 55-bedroom independent living building, a community centre, shops, a medical centre and offices.

A report to the district planning committee outlines considerations regarding the proposals.

It said: "The development proposed would be acceptable in principle and would not cause harm to the character or appearance of the site or the wider area.

"No adverse issues in relation to highway safety / access / parking, the quality of life for the occupiers of the proposed flats, flood risk/drainage or nature conservation are raised."

Speaking previously a spokesman for Burnham Waters said: “The proposed flat scheme for Burnham Waters aims to build upon and take design inspirations from the neighbouring proposed building such as the medical centre, community hub and Independent living.

“As well as follow the design style and vernacular of the care home that was previously approved in relation to its height, scale and mass.

“This is to ensure the design is consistent with the emerging character of the neighbourhood."

The development has been unpopular with residents and there were more than 120 objections to the plans to expand the original development.