Four retail units which have stood empty for more than eight years are to be turned into new homes.
The units are part of the larger James and Stone Shipyard Development at Waterside in Brightlingsea.
Despite extensive marketing from 2009 onwards there has been little interest and it is felt that the retail space provided with the scheme is already above what is required locally.
The site lies within the town’s conservation area and most of the re-development has now been completed.
The new proposal involves three-two bedroom homes and one one-bedroom home and includes removing the shop fronts and putting in new openings, soft landscaping and private amenity areas.
There will be eight parking spaces provided for the four units.
Tendring District Council (TDC) has given the application the all-clear and its Regeneration Team accepted the changes due to the considerable amount of marketing that had been carried out without success.
The Environment Agency has removed its original objections have received further information and Essex County Council is happy with the parking arrangements.
Brightlingsea Town Council supports the application and there were two letters of opposition from residents.