Residents living near a traveller site fear a “Dale Farm situation” if planning permission is granted for six static homes.
The McCarthy family set up the unauthorised site in Janda Fields, off Fane Road, Thundersley, in August 2012 and then applied to Castle Point Council for retrospective planning permission for two caravans.
Permission was eventually granted but the family has now applied for further retrospective planning permission to remove one caravan and install six static homes on the site.That was just to get their foot in the door.
Bill Dick, councillor for St Peter’s ward, said he would oppose any further development.
He said: “We are going to end up like Basildon if we are not careful. If it’s retrospective then they have got to a certain point without planning permission which is not really nice.
“I think we have been fairly decent to them.”And that was your first mistake.