A ROW over controversial plans to build four new homes erupted as a protester allegedly threw water over a development company security guard.

Residents are furious over plans in Station Approach, on Canvey, which will see the homes build on a wildlife habitat.

Despite strong opposition, the proposals put forward by Milnes Property Services Limited have been approved.

The incident unfolded in Station Approach, Canvey on Wednesday as developers, Milnes Property Services Limited, added a watchman to the site.

Police officers were called after the water-throwing allegations.

Councillors and residents witnessed the confrontation.

One man, who lives in the street and asked to remain anonymous, said: “We are very angry about the plans.”

The 44-year-old added: “I was a bit shocked to see the argument in our road.

“It is so difficult as we want to keep our green areas and wildlife but plans for the site have been agreed. It seems too much to throw water but the situation is building.”

Peter Greig, Canvey Independent councillor said emotions have been running high.

He said: “I do not and cannot condone this behaviour but really do sympathise with the residents.

“People are so angry and upset about what’s going on in their street.

“It is controversial for a number of reasons but mainly about the wildlife habitat.”

Yesterday, the Echo reported how residents are continuing to fight the proposals.

The agreed plans are for four four-bedroom detached houses with eight off-street parking spaces.

The firm’s ecology report rated a varied impact of risk to wildlife including low risk for badgers.

The Echo attempted to contact the developer for comment.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We received calls at around 9.45pm on Wednesday, May 22, about a disturbance in Station Approach, Canvey.

“We received information about people arguing and shouting. We also received reports that water was allegedly thrown during this altercation.

“We attended the scene, spoke to the parties involved and established no offences had been committed.”