The Northern Gateway leisure development on the outskirts of Colchester took a step closer towards becoming a reality this week.
Developers Turnstone Estates Limited this week confirmed the signing of the developments Section 106 (s106) agreement.
The s106 agreement is a legal document which makes a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable.
Chris Goldsmith, Managing Director for Turnstone Estates Limited, said “The delay was simply down to the legals. That is now resolved and we have signed the s106 today.”
An extension to the deadline for signing the agreement was reported to have been granted until the 13th January 2018.
Without the agreement in place, no building work could commence.
A spokesperson for Colchester Borough Council said “We can confirm that the s106 agreement is at an advanced stage, with the text finalised.
“The extension of time given to the process is entirely normal practice, where protracted negotiations are undertaken that otherwise take any application outside the statutory time period for determination.”
With the s106 agreement now signed, planning permission can be finalised and work should be able to begin.
It has been confirmed Cineworld has been secured as the operator of the cinema which will include a Super Screen and 4DX.
Up to twelve restaurants will be built on the site with big names such as Ed’s Diner and Chimichanga amongst potential businesses for the development.
Clip ‘n’ Climb are taking a double height unit for their climb operation and Paradise Island have been secured for a major adventure golf centre.
Travelodge have been signed up for an 80 bed hotel.
It is anticipated that construction will commence in mid 2018 with opening scheduled for late 2019.