Final decision to be taken on plans to build 50 homes on Gas Rec after appeal hearing today

Final decision to be taken on plans to build 50 homes on Gas Rec after appeal hearing today

Final decision to be taken on plans to build 50 homes on Gas Rec after appeal hearing today

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A FINAL decision on whether 50 homes can be built on a Colchester football pitch will be taken after an appeal hearing today. 

Developer Dishland has been locked in a planning battle with Colchester Council for about a year over its plans to build the homes on one pitch at the Gas Recreation Ground, off Bromley Road.

Its plans also include an all-weather community football pitch, a new club house which would also be used by a scout group and a drop-off area for children going to the nearby Roach Vale Primary School.

The proposals, which were strongly objected to by some residents, were thrown out by council planners in April because the land is a designated open space and not zoned for housing, but Dishland launched an appeal against the decision.

It says although it owns the land, more than half of it will not be developed and would instead be used by the community.

Bosses as the Gas Rec FC have backed the plans, which they believe would secure the club’s future at its home ground.

A planning appeal hearing will take place in Rowan House, in Sheepen Road, at 10am.

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8:09am Thu 21 Aug 14

seikothrill says...

It's only 50 homes and it will provide leisure facilities for the local community - APPROVE IT

Colchester Council approve 1600 homes in Mile End with no thought to infrastructure so 50 will not be an issue in an area already associated with housing
It's only 50 homes and it will provide leisure facilities for the local community - APPROVE IT Colchester Council approve 1600 homes in Mile End with no thought to infrastructure so 50 will not be an issue in an area already associated with housing seikothrill
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8:22am Thu 21 Aug 14

jammin says...

IIRC the land was given by the previous owner to the council to be used as a recreation space and it is currently used as a recreation space. The development will reduce the space by half.
Obviously the council did consider the infrastructure when they approved development in Mile End. You might like the outcome, but it was considered.

Fairly pointless comment you've made.
IIRC the land was given by the previous owner to the council to be used as a recreation space and it is currently used as a recreation space. The development will reduce the space by half. Obviously the council did consider the infrastructure when they approved development in Mile End. You might like the outcome, but it was considered. Fairly pointless comment you've made. jammin
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9:06am Thu 21 Aug 14

totallyfootball says...

More green belt going to bricks and mortar, how about filling all the empty properties first????
More green belt going to bricks and mortar, how about filling all the empty properties first???? totallyfootball
  • Score: 12

9:06am Thu 21 Aug 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

They won't be happy until every inch of green is covered in concrete. Just how many people can this town take before we are all gridlocked in traffic and no beds in the hospital, lack of school places, jobs, GP clinics... no wait that's already a reality today. Just going to get worse.
They won't be happy until every inch of green is covered in concrete. Just how many people can this town take before we are all gridlocked in traffic and no beds in the hospital, lack of school places, jobs, GP clinics... no wait that's already a reality today. Just going to get worse. Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 12

10:33am Fri 22 Aug 14

Frank Scully says...

There is and never has been any "gridlock" here. Like any busy town, the traffic builds up at peak times. It really is never that bad.
There is and never has been any "gridlock" here. Like any busy town, the traffic builds up at peak times. It really is never that bad. Frank Scully
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