Tollgate Village wins Fenwick led appeal challenge to stop retail development

A bid to bring a challenge of the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission for Tollgate Village has been rejected by a High Court Judge.

Tollgate Village has been planning re-development of the old Sainsbury’s site in Stanway for many years, has been given the green light by a High Court judge.

Last year, after a lengthy appeal led by Colchester Council, the Secretary of State agreed with the Tollgate Partnership and the 85% of supporting residents, that Tollgate Village should be built.

However in September of this year, Fenwick and Lion Walk Property launched a last minute appeal against the proposed Tollgate Village development scheme.

The decision on whether to allow the full appeal by Fenwick and Red Lion Property to go ahead was heard by Mrs Justice Lang DBE yesterday.

However, Mrs Justice Lang has refused permission for the appeal to go ahead, stating: “In my judgement, the reasons given by the defendant [Secretary of State], supplemented by reference to relevant findings in the inspector’s report, were both adequate and intelligible, and the claimants have no prospect of success on this ground either.”

Daniel Watts and Jayne Gee, the directors of Tollgate Partnership Limited, developers for Tollgate Village said: “We welcome the judge’s decision. We are excited to bring Tollgate Village and its many lasting economic benefits to our borough.”

We have contacted Lion Walk Property and Fenwick for comment.

Fenwick and Lion Walk Property may still decide to appeal the judge’s decision.

Tollgate Village will create up to 1,000 new jobs, support Stanway, boost trade and community facilities and create a heart for Tollgate.


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