OUTRAGED residents hit out at a developer’s bid to add more homes to a planned estate at an emergency public meeting.

More than 25 residents turned out in force to the meeting chaired by Mistley Parish Council’s chairman Martin Rayner.

Villagers objected en masse to the new plans put forward for 72 homes off Stourview Avenue, in Mistley.

Residents asked, at the meeting on Monday, how the development would benefit Mistley and why so many homes are being built in the village.

Rose Builders’ plans to build up to 70 homes on the site were given approval in 2016 after Tendring Council’s planning committee visited the site.

Other matters, such as the design and layout of the homes, had to go back to the committee for final agreement.

But last month Rose Builders instead lodged a new outline planning application for 72 houses.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “Why do we have to have so many houses in Mistley - surely we are taking more than our fair share?

Another resident said: “We shouldn’t be concerned what financial benefit the development will have for Manningtree, Lawford and Ardleigh - this development is being built in Mistley.

“There’s two shops, a post office, and a car sales company.

“Unless each new family are going to buy a new car or do all their own shopping at our two little shops every week, Mistley is not going to see a penny of that.”

Mr Rayner said residents were against the original plan and are now furious about the idea of adding two more homes to the Development.

It comes after planning permission for more than 1,800 homes in Mistley, Manningtree, Lawford and their surrounding villages was granted or is awaiting a decision.

He said: “People came to the meeting as they saw it as a chance to stop it.”

Another resident said: “I appreciate the need for houses, I have two children who will need their own homes in the future, but there have got to be better places to build houses.

“It’s a lot of land for 72 houses and a lot of work needed for sewers for that many houses.”

Everyone at the meeting objected to the application.

Rose Builders declined to comment.

Mistley Parish Council will discuss the plan at it’s next planning meeting.

Tendring Council has final say.