A BID for a new corner shop in Tiptree has been refused after concerns were raised about its impact on the village.

Paul Hiller, the owner of the Bonnie Blue Oak pub in Oak Road, had submitted an application to build a shop next to the pub which was bought by the Hiller family in 2014.

But some residents in Tiptree objected to the plans citing traffic concerns, the destruction of historic hedgerows and the number of shops already operating in Tiptree.

One resident who objected to the proposal said: “There is no need for a shop at this location as the village is well-served with two supermarkets, a convenience store and an off-licence, as well as the factory shop and Shell garage.”

Essex Highways had also recommended refusal due to the “confusing” nature of the application.

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Another resident added: “I am all for the pub having an extension as it’s a lovely pub that does well, and noise is always kept to a minimum - but will we be able to say the same about the shop?”

The period of the planning application had been granted an extension at the end of November due to unresolved issues which would “take longer than the usual time period for determining planning applications”.

The proposal of a new shop had been supported by some, including Tiptree Parish Council, with one resident saying it sounded like an exciting and worthwhile addition.

However, Colchester Council refused the plans.

The authority said the development would “sit uncomfortably” in the predominantly residential character of the area.

It also claimed the proposal would result in the loss of an important oak tree and hedge.

The proposed new shop was not considered by the council to be designed to a high standard or that it would “enhance the character, quality and function” of the area.

The council was also concerned with regards to the impact on the highways network due to what it said was insufficient information provided.

Therefore, it said, the application had not demonstrated the proposal would not result in “unacceptable” consequences to highway safety and efficiency.