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Neighbours set for third fight against Canvey flats
1:00pm Wednesday 10th October 2012 in News
A SEVEN-YEAR battle to stop a block of flats being built down a narrow street in Canvey could be lost.
Neighbours living in Fenwick Way, Meppel Avenue and Leige Avenue have launched a petition against controversial plans to build a block of four flats in Leige Avenue.
The plans, submitted by Essex Way resident Colin Lane, are a revised version of two former applications to build 12 flats in two three-storey blocks – both of which residents successfully fought.
However, neighbours fear the development could be passed this time round as Castle Point Council seems primed to build on the island.
This comes as plans for 600 homes on Thorney Bay Caravan Park and 99 homes in Point Road have both been approved in the last month.
Concerns have also been raised it is just the tip of the ice berg, and that the developer will later submit proposals to build the remaining eight flats he wanted in the original document.
Susan Elliott, of Fenwick Way, said: “This is the third application for that site and still it is just not acceptable for the area. The road is so small pedestrians have to walk in the road as there’s no pavement. How do they think it can cope with a block of flats here?
“And once one block goes up, another application will soon follow for the other bit of land. Everyone in this area will be affected and we are all really concerned.”