A PLAN to 'fill in' the spaces between three blocks of flats with more flats is set to be discussed tonight.

There was uproar when the plans to create two extensions to the flats at Millway Close were discussed by Oxford City Council's west area planning committee in November last year.

Residents of the flats told the committee the new extensions would cause crime and be a fire hazard.

The plans are back before the committee tonight after councillors postponed a decision on them so a crucial piece of paperwork could be finished.

In November, leaseholders who live at the site turned up en masse to a meeting of the west area planning committee.

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The residents held up placards which said ‘Millway Close Leaseholder’ to identify their numbers among the crowded public benches at the meeting on Tuesday night at Oxford Town Hall.

The planning application by Millway Close’s freeholder, Mr James McCarthy, seeks to build four one-bedroom flats as ‘in fills’ over the top of one-storey entrance areas between the current flat blocks.

After a long discussion by councillors as well as cases for and against the flats from a resident and an agent for the freeholder, the application was deferred for a future meeting.

At the time Natasha Robinson, a leaseholder at Millway Close, said residents had concerns about crime in what she described as the ‘tunnels’ which would be created by the new storeys over the flats.

She added residents were also concerns about fire safety risk to the new flats, as there had been attempts to light bins one fire, which are stored in areas underneath where the new flats are planned.