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Housing rethink sparks development fears
8:00am Friday 7th September 2012 in News
ANTI-HOMES campaigners fear a major policy rethink could lead to more than 100 houses being built in their historic village.
SOS - Save Our St Osyth - was set up two years ago to battle controversial proposals for hundreds of new homes.
Now there are fears a change in Tendring Council ’s housing blueprint could also lead to massive new development in the village.
The authority wants to ditch proposals to build thousands of new homes in Clacton.
Instead new homes will be split evenly across the district with communities expected to shoulder a six per cent increase in housing.
Residents in St Osyth fear that will pave the way for more than 100 new homes on their doorstep.
SOS spokesman David Smith said: “St Osyth was down for zero new housing - now suddenly we are looking at 111 homes at least."
Bosses at Tendring Council decided to rewrite planning policy after a public consultation.
They say a blanket six per cent increase in housing across the district is fairer.
But Mr Smith claims it could spell disaster and lead to a planning “free-for-all” if the new policy is challenged and overturned.
The local plan is due to go before Tendring Council on Tuesday.