A charity has been given the green light to build 48 assisted living apartments on paddock land on the edge of Clacton.
Willow Park Charity, which encompasses Clacton Family Trust, is providing the much-needed homes for vulnerable residents from across Tendring on land behind properties in Jaywick Lane.
It will allow people to live independently with caring support and could create around 60 new jobs.
To pay for the apartments the plans include 21 bungalows being built at the front of the site with access off Jaywick Lane itself, with a bungalow to be demolished to create the space needed.
Gary Guiver, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Manager, said that the apartments will be for local residents with specific needs.
"This is a bespoke scheme for Willow Park which will be cross-funded by the building of the bungalows," he said.
"The two-storey development will include large communal gardens and parking area for staff and those living there."
There were no objections from Essex County Council as the highway authority provided certain conditions are met.
Mr Guiver said that all the other technical requirements had been met and the impact of the scheme is acceptable.
"The main adverse impact is the intrusion of the apartments into the countryside but that is outweighed by the public benefits," he added.
"The adjoining farmland is also earmarked for major development in the emerging Local Plan so the apartments are expected to be surrounded by new housing in the future and have been designed to be easily integrated into the wider development."
TDC received nine letters of objections from residents.
The committee voted seven in favour with one abstention and a number of extra conditions were added to the approval.
These included striking an agreement with the developer over the number of bungalows that can be occupied before the apartments are built.
The committee also wanted measures to minimise the noise for neighbouring properties to the access point in Jaywick Lane as well removing the permitted development rights for extensions and dormers in the bungalows.