Hopes of turning bedsits into a children’s day nursery in Elmstead Market have been dashed.
Wright and Mann put in for planning permission for a property known as Autumn House in Clacton Road.
However, Tendring District Council (TDC) has rejected the proposal on the grounds that it would be a significant over intensification of the site.
The two-storey building was built as a residential property in the mid 1980’s and a number of extensions have been added over the years. It was once partly converted to a clothes shop.
After that use ceased it became a number of bedsits on an unauthorised basis and action was taken to put a stop to it and the property has stood vacant ever since.
The proposal is for a day nursery for 25 children and five staff at any one time with operating hours from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
A TDC spokesman said: “The result of the significant intensification of use of the site would result in an excessive increase in the number of comings and goings – including parents picking up and dropping off children.”
Without an acoustic survey there was also concern about the noise and disturbance to neighbouring homes and the impact on other residents.
Elmstead Market Parish Council objected to the development on a number of grounds including highway safety issues on a busy road.
TDC also received two objections from neighbouring residents worried about parking issues and a loss of privacy due to noise and disturbance.