Tollgate Village plans submitted for first phase of new retail and leisure park

Plans for the long-awaited Tollgate Village retail and leisure park in Stanway have been submitted to Colchester Council for the first phase of the £70 million scheme.

Full planning permission has been applied for to make a series of improvements to Tollgate Retail Park, forming the first phase of Tollgate Village.

Improvements include external changes to existing shops, including the creation of an additional retail unit between PC World and Office Outlet.

Tollgate Village phase one – An artist’s impression by Corstorphine + Wright Architects.

Daniel Watts and Jayne Gee, Directors of Tollgate Partnership Limited, said: “We are very excited to have reached this milestone for Tollgate Village and be able to submit plans for the first of three phases.

“We are proud to be bringing economic benefits, jobs and sustainable facilities to the Borough of Colchester and we are grateful for the overwhelming public support for Tollgate Village. We will create an exciting place where people can work, shop, meet and relax.”

The proposed changes also include the construction of a service road off London Road, alterations to the car park and overall road improvements.

Architects Corstorphine + Wright have have been appointed for the first phase of the development.

As part of its full planning application for phase one, Tollgate Partnership Limited has proposed carrying out highways improvements including road widening and the installation of a much-needed toucan crossing at Tollgate West and upgrades to the Tollgate West/Western Bypass roundabout.

Outline planning permission for Tollgate Village was granted by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 4th August 2017 following a lengthy appeal between Colchester Council and Tollgate Partnership.

The next phase of Tollgate Village will be the “leisure hub” to be built on vacant land opposite Tollgate Retail Park. It is expected the third phase will see the development of the former Sainsbury’s site off Tollgate West/Tollgate Road.