Plans released for new public square in Colchester

An artist’s impression of how a revamped St Nicholas Quarter off the High Street in Colchester could look, has been unveiled to the public.

East of England Co-op was given planning permission earlier this year to restore the former Sale Shop building on the Long Wyre Street and Culver Street East corner, with five restaurants, two retail units and 24 flats planned.

Property consultants Jamieson Mills released an image of how the area could look in a document for prospective tenants.

It is understood the Co-op is offering £20,000 as part of the development to overhaul the public space.

Cllr. Tim Young (Lab), borough councillor for business and culture, said “I think this scheme from the Co-op is great news.

“That side of Colchester town does need developing and I think the Co-op has come up with a really good scheme.”

Cllr. Darius Laws (Con), Castle Ward said “I’m excited by the prospect of creating a brand new public square in Colchester. There is huge scope to create a people centric place for all of us to enjoy.”

The development would add to plans already revealed in the town to revamp St Nicholas House allowing for the George Hotel to undertake a £10 million refit and the former Keddies department store is currently being replaced with a Curzon cinema.

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