MORE than 130 Chigwell residents have raised concerns after plans for a "supersized" nursery were put forward - with some saying it is a "catastrophe waiting to happen". 

A bungalow in The Firs, High Road, could be turned into a nursery for 60 children and 20 staff, in what is a quiet residential area, if proposals are approved.

The property has been subject to several planning proposals since 2018 and residents are now worried the development could finally become reality.

Chigwell residents from more than 110 homes in the area directly impacted by the planning application have now come together to challenge the plans.

They believe the development would create noise pollution and be detrimental to the safety of surrounding roads.

Basmah Fahim, a resident in the area, said: "I'm really concerned about the impact this nursery will have on road safety in Chigwell.

"The plans are for a nursery for 60 children to be built on a busy main road, there are only three parking places proposed in the plans which means that people dropping off their children could park dangerously and restrict access to pavements and crossing points.

"As a mother of two young children who understands the need for access to good local childcare, it is essential that the safety of children is not compromised."

Residents originally planned to protest the plans at a meeting, which was cancelled after the application was deferred for a site visit.

Another meeting will be held after the site visit has been conducted. 

Gazette: Concerned - Cyndy Lessing, 75, a resident of the areaConcerned - Cyndy Lessing, 75, a resident of the area (Image: Cyndy Lessing)

Cyndy Lessing, 75, said: "Toddlers need to be dropped off safely – and that means away from any cars, especially when cars may be reversing out of the car park into the High Road.  It’s dangerous. 

"The noise pollution is going to be a huge problem. Recently Epping Forest Council refused planning permission for a swimming pool in a garden because it would disturb the neighbours. 

"The noise from 60 children outside is certainly is going to disturb us. 

"This proposed nursery is a catastrophe waiting to happen."

Epping Forest Council will have the final say on the plans.