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

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Residents of Forest Road who united to oppose yoga studio plans. Residents of Forest Road who united to oppose yoga studio plans.

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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