Northern Gateway plans given the thumbs up by Colchester planners

After years of delays, plans for a a new multiplex cinema, hotel and restaurants have been given the final go ahead by Colchester Council.

The decision to agree planning permission will allow construction of up to 12 restaurants to be built alongside an 80 bed, four storey hotel and 12 screen multiplex cinema, as well as various leisure units.

A multi-story car park for 750 vehicles with dedicated drop-off areas plus the provision for a cycle and pedestrian link to Tower Lane and landscaping will be included as part of the development.

In October 2017, the plans were given the green light by the Secretary of State following the decision not to ‘call in’ the proposals for further investigation.

A Colchester Borough Council spokesperson said: “The application for a leisure-based development by Turnstone, on land at United Way, Colchester Northern Gateway, was considered by the council’s Planning Committee at their meeting on the 13 July 2017, when it was resolved to grant planning permission subject to a legal agreement.

“The legal agreement was very recently completed and planning permission has now been issued in accordance with the Planning Committee’s resolution. This includes a number of planning conditions that will need to be complied with by the developer.”

Thomas Rowe, approved council candidate for the Conservatives said: “It’s great news for Mile End and Colchester to see these fantastic facilities getting the go ahead.

“More investment in infrastructure and facilities is desperately needed, as this town continues to grow.”

Earlier this year, Tollgate Partnership Limited was also given the green light to commence development on the Tollgate Village proposals, following several failed attempts led by High Street retailer Fenwick, to halt the project.

The new Northern Gateway development has been designed to be leisure led, with no current proposals to introduce any retail units to the area.

Any proposed changes, according to planning guidance, would have to be submitted to the Local Planning Authority, to be given full consideration as to the appropriateness of different use.

A spokesperson for developers, Turnstone Estates Limited said: “It is anticipated that construction will commence in mid 2018 with opening scheduled for late 2019.”

Turnstone are also working up plans for the ‘South Site’ comprising of further indoor ‘active leisure’ use facilities.

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