Amended plans to build homes in the grounds of a Grade II Listed building in Lawford have been given the green light.
The revised scheme for eight large houses at Lawford House in Bromley Road was submitted by the Tendring Hundred Farmers’ Club and Michael Howard Homes.
It had been reduced from the previous application of nine homes which was deferred by Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Committee in November.
Councillors requested the proposal to be redesigned to protect more trees and to reconsider the setting of Lawford House.
At last night’s meeting of the committee they approved the changes and praised the developers for their amendments.
Cath Bicknell, TDC’s Head of Planning, said that the negotiations with the developer had brought about one significant change.
“One property nearest to the front of Lawford House has been removed and a large tree will be kept as a result,” she said.
The site is the venue for the Tendring Show staged each year in July.
The money secured from the development of the properties will help secure the future use of the showgrounds.
A proposal for ten homes was originally submitted and this was reduced to nine to help reduce the impact of the scheme.
Lawford Parish Council supported the application and there was a mixture of local support and objection. TDC received seven letters backing the idea and three representations against it.
The site is 2.5 hectares of land in the grounds of the house and has a number of significant established trees on it, some of which are protected.
The plans are now for six four-bedroom houses and two five- bedroom with double garages with a new access from Grange Road.