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600 jobs could be created at Europark site
4:20pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
THE number of jobs a proposed business park will create has doubled from original estimates.
Croland, the company behind the Tendring Europark, says it could create 600 jobs if proposals get the green light.
It wants farmland at Horsley Cross included in Tendring Council’s local plan, which spells out where development can take place.
Neil McKillen, Croland's planning consultant, said: "While Tendring is a deprived area it has the natural advantages of Harwich Port and the A120 corridor.
"Further offshore wind farms will be developed over the next decade serviced primarily from Harwich.
“It is imperative the district takes full advantage of the short window of opportunity presented by these developments otherwise continental ports will take full advantage of it.
"Alternative sites along the A120 cannot be delivered early because they depend on significant infrastructure improvements. Horsley Cross does not.”
The plans include more than 28,000sq m of floorspace for general industry, storage and distribution, and a bus depot and telecoms mast to provide high-speed broadband across Tendring.
Croland says the first industrial units could open by the end of next year if planning permission is granted in time and the site could create 600 jobs by 2015.
The original estimate was 300.
A review carried out for Tendring Council said there were already enough sites earmarked for employment, which could lead to the site being dropped from the local plan.
Critics say the business park would ruin the countryside and cause traffic problems.
However, a scrutiny committee says council bosses should rethink the recommendation.
Carlo Guglielmi, councillor responsibke for planning at Tendring Council, said: “One of the recommendations will be Horsley Cross is reconsidered by cabinet.
“A few people feel it should be reconsidered before it goes back to full council in November.”
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