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Plans to build in Upminster approved despite objections from councillors and residents

PUBLISHED: 10:32 13 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:37 13 March 2015

Former Old Windmill Hall Site, in St Marys Lane, Upminster is to be turned into a three story building consisting of 22 retirement living apartments and communal facilities, landscaping and parking.

Former Old Windmill Hall Site, in St Marys Lane, Upminster is to be turned into a three story building consisting of 22 retirement living apartments and communal facilities, landscaping and parking.

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A councillor is “bubbling with anger” after plans to approve an “overbearing” and “bulky” development were approved last night despite many objections from residents.

Developers have the go-ahead to build a three storey block containing 22 apartment blocks for retirement living on the former Old Windmill Hall site in St Mary’s Lane, Upminster.

Cllr Linda Van den Hende (EHRG, Upminster), called in the plans for review and gave representations at last night’s meeting, said: “I am very very disappointed by the decision.

“[The proposed building] is far too big for the street scene and it is visually overbearing.

“I went home after the meeting bubbling with anger and I am still pretty angry.”

The plans were approved with five votes in favour, three against and three abstentions.

“Unfortunately a number of people sat on the fence,” said Cllr Van den Hende.

“It was passed by people who don’t live in the area and who don’t listen to people who live in the area.

“Residents will feel very let down by certain individuals but not their local councillors.”

Cllr Linda Hawthorn and Cllr Ron Ower, who represent EHRG in Upminster alongside Cllr Van den Hende, were on the committee last night and spoke out against the plans.

Patricia Flavell, of the Friends of Upminster Park group, said: “We are dead against these plans.

“There is a small carpark on the land which serves the visitors to Upminster Park and this development would take that away.”

The application received 45 objections from local residents compared to eight in support.

Many of the concerns mirrored those of Cllr Van den Hende’s opinion that the building is not in fitting with the rest of the area and will be overbearing on the road.

Others said it will alter the general ambience of the neighbourhood and argue the site ought to be restored to parkland.

However those who gave positive views on the proposals said a building of this kind was needed in the area and there is a need for more residential homes in Upminster.

Have your say: Contact Harriet at harriet.orrell@archant.co.uk to give your views on the decision

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