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Developer's deal with nursery slammed
A developer has been accused of ‘playing residents off against each other’ after it offered a home to an evicted nursery.
Waltham Abbey Developments (WAD) offered Sunshine Nursery a purpose built facility in its controversial proposed development of the Knolly’s Nursery Site, which is classified as green belt land.
The nursery feared it would have to close after being given notice to leave its current home at King Harold Academy, which is planning to expand.
But the Knolly’s Nursery development, which would see 105 homes built on the site, has faced widespread opposition from the community.
Residents claim the area will be unfairly burdened with new housing and amenities could not cope.
Following the announcement of the deal between the nursery and WAD, the Waltham Abbey Residents Association, which represents 10,000 people, described the move as a “sweetener” and a “ploy” which is creating bad feeling in the area.
But nursery manager, Debbie Pinnington, described the deal as a ‘dream come true’ for owner Julie Holmes and insisted there is popular support for arrangement.
She said: “The majority of parents are behind us on this. They want new premises and feel that it is in the best interests of the children.
“We haven’t really got any more options open to us.”
WAD’s application is set to be considered by councillors on October 23.
Epping Forest District Council is currently devising a new Local Plan in order to build thousands of new homes.
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