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Bungalows Under Threat

March 12, 2017 9:54 AM
In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017
Councillor Carole Mulroney wants clarity on section 106 agreements

Cllr Carole Mulroney

Public outrage whenever bungalows are demolished and replaced with pairs of houses or even blocks of flats led Southend Council to promote a planning policy to protect bungalows. The Council argued that there was a need to preserve the town's stock of low-level housing for elderly or disabled people who have trouble with stairs. With an ageing population the need is greater than ever.

However, a Government planning inspector overturned the policy and it is now very difficult for the Council to protect these smaller properties.

Carole Mulroney says, "The Council must try even harder to save bungalows. They need to build a very strong case for this into a new Local Plan. I hope that all parties on the Council will support such a move".

This article first appeared in our February 2017 Leigh and West Leigh Focus.

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