CONTROVERSIAL plans to build new homes, flats and offices on a derelict industrial site in Halstead have been given the all-clear by council planners.

Developer AR Clarke has received the final green light to redevelop the former Hunwick engineering base in the town centre.

The site is located between Kings Road, Parsonage Street and Factory Lane West.

The plans first received outline permission in April last year.

The blueprints include plans for 12 flats and ten offices on the site, as well as nine houses.

The original plans were heavily opposed by residents of Kings Road, as well as Halstead Town Council.

Residents voiced concerns about the impact the development would have on parking in the already overcrowded Kings Road.

One objector to the outline bid said: “Although I have no objection to the actual land being developed, I do have grave concerns for the impact the amount of vehicles will have on the area.

“The development is occurring in an area where most people park on the road.

“We already suffered considerably when Brand’s House was approved with inadequate parking, which meant staff would have to park on the road, causing many issues.

“The effect of all of this is the fact that there will be inadequate parking for many, which is already terrible.”

After plans were granted in April, Halstead councillor Garry Warren said: “Residents in Kings Road have been let down by developers and planners.”

Halstead Town Council posed no objection to the latest application, but raised concerns over a tree on Factory Lane West blocking sightlines for drivers.

The proposed development was unanimously approved at a Braintree Council planning committee meeting on Tuesday night.

At the meeting it was proposed the problem tree be removed, but this motion was rejected.

Speaking at the meeting, Halstead and Braintree councillor Andy Munday said: “I can’t see anything wrong with this development.

“It has provided a good mix of affordable housing – I welcome the job opportunities for the commercial parts to the development.

“The appearance, especially of the properties lining Kings Road, is in keeping with other properties further down Kings Road and it will be good to see it developed.”