SPEED concerns and flooding risk have been raised by residents near to a planned 300-home estate in Dovercourt.

A planning application has been sent to Tendring Council for a 300-home development to be built in Low Road.

Plans include building a mix of detached, terrace and semi-detached houses with two, three and four bedrooms, as well as bungalows and flats.

The application, submitted by Neeb Holdings Limited, also includes details on footpaths and cycle ways to provide an alternative to driving to ‘encourage healthy lifestyles’.

A report sent to Tendring Council with the plans said: “This land at Low Road Dovercourt is a proposed as a housing allocation in the plan for at least 300 new homes of mixed size and type to include affordable housing with a minimum of five hectares of open space with vehicular access from Low Road.”

The report said priority will be given to pedestrians and cyclists within the site with a 20mph speed limit proposed.

The designs include an internal network of footpaths and cycle paths including footpath connection through the public open space.

It also said the probability of the site flooding from surface water is generally low, but medium to high in isolated locations surrounding the areas proposed for development.

But residents have already started sending their objections to Tendring Council.

Rita Turner, of Chaffinch Drive, Dovercourt, said: “Heavy rain or snow mean the fields along the Low Road flood and become sodden.

“I am concerned that building here will exacerbate a flood risk from rain water to the those that live at he lower end of the Low Road.

“Speeding along Low Road is common with a black spot for accidents adjacent to Chaffinch Drive. Additional traffic may increase this problem.

“What has been done to moderate the risk from speeding and subsequent possible accidents?”

A Low Road resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said she is concerned about the number of homes that could be built which would in turn increase the number of road users.

She said: “They have got to do something about the speed on the road.”