WARY councillors gave the thumbs down to controversial plans for five “aspirational” homes near Walton Naze.

Developers have launched an application to build the five large, detached houses on land off Old Hall Lane.

The application has sparked anger amongst some residents near the Naze who fear their views would be blighted by a new development.

It was discussed by Frinton and Walton Town Council at its last meeting.

The plan divided opinion amongst councillors, with several backing it in principle.

Walton councillor Delyth Miles said: “This might affect the view of the residents there, but in planning law they don’t have a right to a view.

“This plan is for aspirational homes and Walton could do with something like this to bring money into the area.”

But councillors voted to recommend refusal due to the application being for outline planning permission, rather than full permission.

In outline applications the details within the plan are subject to change.

Councillors were wary of supporting a plan which could change dramatically, while also noting the building would extend out of Walton’s settlement limit and into rural land.

Tendring Council will have the final say on the proposal.