Plans to build a Co-op supermarket on the grounds of a village pub have been refused - but only after two dramatic recounts. Chelmsford City Council's Planning Committee took two recounts to refuse planning permission for a Co-op on the grounds of the Eagle pub in Galleywood.
At what was due to be the final meeting on the proposals on Tuesday (January 18) the committee voted against the plans by six votes to five - despite seeming to approve the plans just a few moments earlier. Confusion reigned as the initial vote seemed to come out at five to five, with committee chairman Councillor Ian Wright, who voted to approve the plans, having the deciding vote. The vote was ordered to be recounted but, remarkably, the same thing happened again at the second time of asking.
Objections to the plans focused on noise, traffic and the impact the plans would have on the pub,