ANGRY residents jeered council planners after they approved controversial proposals for more than 20 new homes in their village.

The application for 23 new homes off Tey Road, Earls Colne, was given the green light by councillors at a meeting on Tuesday.

There were about 70 people in the public gallery.

Some called out “Shame on you” as the proposals were given the go-ahead.

Many objections centred on the impact the development would have on the environment, traffic, and existing residents in Tey Road, Lowefields and Upper Holt Street.

There were also major concerns about the junction of Tey Road and the A1124, with many objectors fearing it is dangerous due to poor visibility.

Councillor Stephen Kirby said that although he did not necessarily agree with the plans, the council’s hands were tied.

He said: “The junction isn’t the best and you do take your life into your own hands.

“I do this with a heavy heart, but I have no option.”

Bernie Gaught is a member of the Tey Road Action Group which was set up to contest the plans.

As a former member of the council, he said he was disappointed with the decision process.

He said: “This was a demonstration of local government planning at its worst.

“It was all totally undemocratic. We are given six minutes to speak and the developer is the last to speak and can make sweeping statements that we don’t have a chance to reply to.”

A Braintree Council spokesman said: “We understand that this was a controversial planning application but in planning terms there was no valid reason to refuse it.

“The planning application and decision-making process is open and transparent.

“The full details of the plans and the officers’ recommendations are available online.

“The planning application has gone through a vigorous and open consultation process which enabled residents to have their say both before the committee and on the night itself in accordance with our standard procedures.”