Man fears housing plan

PUBLISHED: 14:09 24 May 2007 | UPDATED: 21:42 29 May 2010

PLANS for a housing estate could ruin neighbours privacy and subject them to noise, fumes and rubbish, it has been claimed this week. A new library is part of the development of around 60 homes on land formerly owned by Centrica and used as gas works in

PLANS for a housing estate could ruin neighbours' privacy and subject them to noise, fumes and rubbish, it has been claimed this week.

A new library is part of the development of around 60 homes on land formerly owned by Centrica and used as gas works in the middle of Great Dunmow. The demolition of the Dunmow Inn also forms part of the plans.

Alma Cracknell, who lives next to the site, said he was told by developer Taylor Woodrow that there was going to be either a tall wall or a hedge planted on the boundary of the development, shielding his garden from the car park.

"Now we have found out that this is no longer the case," he told the Broadcast. "Just some small metal barriers are being built and to add insult to injury, they are the ideal height to sit on.

"I am certain youngsters will gather on the barriers and will be able to see straight into our houses."

Much of the land is contaminated by residues from the old gas works and is unsuitable for development, but it is being made into a car park to service

the flats and town houses. Part of the

site used to be owned by Uttlesford District Council (UDC).

The plan was due to be considered by the development control committee of UDC at the time of going to print.

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