CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 300 homes in Dovercourt have been deferred.

Tendring Council’s planning committee has put off making a decision on outline plans for the houses, in Low Road, along with open space, footpaths and a children’s play area.

On Thursday night, councillors heard that although the earmarked land for development is outside the existing Local Plan area for housing, it is included in the new draft Local Plan.

The committee has asked officers to look at other options for access, including the possibility of a roundabout.

Officers will also examine the issue of potential war graves next to the site.

But concerns have been raised by residents and councillors about the development, including the ability of roads in the area to cope and the lack of employment.

So far 70 objections have been lodged on Tendring Council’s planning website.

In his objection, Nigel Mowle, of Newport Close, Dovercourt, said: "If it goes ahead it would result in approximately 1,000 extra residents. Are there really 1,000 people in this town in need of a new home?”

Michael Pearson, of Oakley Road, Dovercourt, said: “The proposed development would have an unacceptably adverse impact on the amenities of the properties immediately adjacent to the site and the surrounding area by reason of overlooking, loss of privacy and visually overbearing impact.”

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

Neeb Holdings was not available for comment.