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Homes that look like an ‘open prison’ approved
12:20pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Echo News
PLANS have been approved for 12 homes in Corringham.
The homes in Bracelet Close have been given the go-ahead despite strong opposition from residents and Conservative councillors.
Phil Anderson, Tory leader of the opposition, said he had heard the proposed buildings being described as looking like “an open prison”, while residents claimed the design was poor and would lead to a loss of natural light in their homes.
A block of communal garages will now be demolished to make way for six two-bedroom houses and six three-bedroom houses, which will be built within four flat-roofed blocks.
The plans were originally rejected in June, and architects argued the new plans were different to those lodged five months ago, but residents disagree.
One Limeslade Close resident, who lives behind the site of the new flats, told planners: “The design is not in-keeping with or sympathetic to existing building and the infrastructure is not in place for another 54 residents.”
Mr Anderson said: “The design, which I’ve heard described as an open prison, is not hugely sympathetic and just repeats the same errors from when the estate was first built. Residents find narrow walk-ways intimidating.”
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