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Retirement flats to replace Dairy Crest
A MODERN block of retirement flats will replace a derelict dairy after plans got the go-ahead.
Southend Council approved McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles’ revised plans for 32 flats on the site of the former Dairy Crest depot in Southchurch Boulevard, Southchurch, yesterday.
The Government threw out the firm’s similar plans for 35 retirement homes on the site in April after neighbours said the demolition of a seven-metre high wall at the back meant occupants could overlook their homes.
But the development control committee gave plans approval after McCarthy and Stone moved the block, which varies in height from between two to four storeys, further away from homes behind, removed balconies from the rear and added a 5.5metre barrier.
Ian Robertson, Conservative councillor for Chalkwell, said: “I must confess, when I first looked at the plans I hated the modern design, but it has grown on me and I have come to the conclusion it will be OK.”
Neighbours had given the revised plans a cautious welcome, but still had concerns over the new boundary wall, which would be 3.7metre high with a 1.8metre slated hardwood screen on top.
But committee member Mike Assenheim, reassured them.
The Independent councillor for Shoebury said: “You’ll get used to it, it can’t be used as an objection.”
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