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Greenhouse development causes controversy

Peppers are the main crop grown in the Lea Valley glasshouses Photo: ITV News Anglia

Planning permission has been granted for a controversial major development of greenhouses to boost the production of salad crops in Essex.

The Lea Valley area has been the biggest producer of vegetables like tomatoes and peppers in the UK for more than 100 years.

But since the 1960s the area used has decreased in size.

Now though 21 acres of glasshouses will be built near Nazeing - the biggest development in the area since the Second World War. But not everyone is happy with the scheme

Growers have welcomed plans to build massive new glasshouses in the Lea Valley Credit: ITV News Anglia

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