Plans to open a funeral parlour opposite a block of retirement flats in Maldon have been described as "insensitive".
Residents say it would be distressing to see hearses when they look out of their windows.
"It's very insensitive to have a funeral parlour opposite people's apartments who are retired and some of them are in their very late years...Most of the people that live in this complex have windows out to the back would see people being shipped out in coffins."
Adam and Greenwood Funeral Directors says the site will be used mainly used as an office.
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