A car dealership in Frinton’s Connaught Avenue has lost its bid to take over part of a garden to provide extra parking spaces at its site.
Pollendines Ford wanted planning permission for part of the rear garden of number 138 to be used for the facility.
However, the proposal was unanimously rejected by Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Committee by eight votes to nil.
Members were concerned about the effect the scheme would have on the town’s Conservation Area.
It was also felt that the harm would not be outweighed by the public benefits of the extra car parking spaces.
Frinton and Walton Town Council objected to the application and TDC also received four letters of objection as well as one letter of support.
The Planning Committee heard that the existing garden area of the property would be reduced to 135 square metres and although it would still comply with the Council’s minimum garden standards, it was felt to be too small given the special character of the area.
Five small trees would also be lost if the plans went ahead.
One neighbour addressed the committee about his efforts to encourage wildlife to his garden, particularly hedgehogs, and he felt that the proposal would affect his efforts.
The scheme was also described as “garden grabbing, pure and simple.”