Epping Forest District Council refuses permission for yoga and pilates studio in Forest Road, Loughton

Residents of Forest Road who united to oppose yoga studio plans.

Residents of Forest Road who united to oppose yoga studio plans.

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to open a yoga studio on a road plagued by parking problems have been rejected by councillors.

More than 25 neighbours objected to plans to build a two-storey yoga and pilates studio on the site of a single-storey storage garage in Forest Road, Loughton.

Many have spent years battling for residents-only parking permits and said the development would put further pressure on spaces.

Other concerns included noise, overlooking of neighbours' gardens and potential harm to forest birds and a nearby bat roost.

District council planning officers had recommended the plans for approval – but councillors at a meeting of the planning subcommittee last night refused to grant permission.

A council spokeswoman said the committee had objected to the design of the planned studio.

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