A plan to install metal gates to protect residents and their properties in east London is set to be turned down, despite the project gaining community backing.

Planning chiefs are set to refuse an application to put up gates around a set of apartments at St David's Square on the Isle of Dogs, docklands24.co.uk reports.

The square's property managers want to install the security measure at three of its entrance points. The gates would measure 1.6 metres in height and would be restricted so that only residents could pass through them.

However, Tower Hamlets Council's planning officers have recommended that the proposal be refused.

This is despite 138 residents saying they supported the plan, with just two objections. The proposal's supporting literature said that there had been instances of anti-social behaviour, theft and vandalism at the apartments.

The planning officers feel that the gates would restrict public access.

Recently, metal gates were credited with reducing crime in two Welsh towns. After steel gates were put up at lanes in Barry and Penarth, a specific reduction in the opportunity for fly tipping and vandalism had been noted, Vale Council members Lynn Creese told Wales Online.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800486610-ADNFCR