Epping Town Council has repeated its opposition to plans for a block of seven apartments on the site of an existing house in Stonards Hill, Epping.

A planning application has been submitted to Epping Forest District Council to demolish the house at 1 Stonards Hill and replace it with a building housing seven two-bedroom apartments.

Town council planning officer Geraldine Vallis told Tuesday's planning and general purposes committee the revised application included a reduction in the number of parking spaces from nine to seven.

Councillor Barbara Scruton said: "We have, in the past, said we don't really want to lose family homes with blocks of flats."

Councillor Mari-Louise Whitbread said: "It still looks very big. It's attractive but overbearing on the road."

Committee chairman Nigel Avey highlighted concerns over the reduction in parking and the impact the development would have on the neighbouring property.

Deputy Mayor Michael Wright said: "I don't think they have addressed any of our concerns (raised at the time of the previous application). It's in the wrong place.

"They have reduced the parking from nine (spaces to seven). People will probably park in Stonards Hill. I think we should object very strongly."

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