Developer plans homes for football field

Gazette: Developer plans homes for football field Developer plans homes for football field

A DEVELOPER wants to build homes on a recreation ground in Colchester.

Luton-based company Dishland, which owns Gas Recreation Ground, in Parsons Heath, wants to build the homes on half of the ten-acre site and use the other half for community projects.

Dennis Diggin, director of Dishland, has also pledged to find a new home for Essex Suffolk Border League Gas Rec FC, which has played there for 30 years.

“This is the best thing for the community,” said Mr Diggin.

But Dishland has been warned it faces a battle to get permission for the development.

Paul Smith, borough councillor for St John's, said: "The bottom line is this land is not zoned for housing. It is classified as open space."

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7:27pm Thu 22 Nov 12

mirokou says...

exactly how is digging up playing fields going to benefit younger people for sports /Please do tell "Dishland".


Enough building Colchester B C . There's no space left. And if it's come to digging up sorts fields to accommodate housing , then we really are to full.
exactly how is digging up playing fields going to benefit younger people for sports /Please do tell "Dishland". Enough building Colchester B C . There's no space left. And if it's come to digging up sorts fields to accommodate housing , then we really are to full. mirokou
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10:23pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Boris says...

Absolutely disgraceful that these vile property speculators want to build on a sports ground. We need more sports fields, not fewer.
CBC must dish this project and tell this company to clear off back to Luton and leave the land to be used for sports.
At the same time, let's not forget that CBC still has a project on the back burner to sell off some of the Eudo Road tennis courts for housing.
If Paul Smith is serious about opposing Dishland, which I hope he is, then he should use his influence on the cabinet to ensure that the threat to Eudo Road is removed.
Absolutely disgraceful that these vile property speculators want to build on a sports ground. We need more sports fields, not fewer. CBC must dish this project and tell this company to clear off back to Luton and leave the land to be used for sports. At the same time, let's not forget that CBC still has a project on the back burner to sell off some of the Eudo Road tennis courts for housing. If Paul Smith is serious about opposing Dishland, which I hope he is, then he should use his influence on the cabinet to ensure that the threat to Eudo Road is removed. Boris
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9:06am Fri 23 Nov 12

Ozzie says...

Please don't start 'diggin' again in this area! The Gas Recreation has and always should remain a sporting land/area. I remember many years ago, my now 18 year old son attended basic first level fun football training on Saturday mornings there and it was extremely popular. Surely, with the infrastructure of the area already at bursting point, another block of flats will only serve to make the area less attractive and take even more of our valuable green space (ideal for recreational use) away. I hope that Mr Smith gets the support he needs to get this idea quashed.
Please don't start 'diggin' again in this area! The Gas Recreation has and always should remain a sporting land/area. I remember many years ago, my now 18 year old son attended basic first level fun football training on Saturday mornings there and it was extremely popular. Surely, with the infrastructure of the area already at bursting point, another block of flats will only serve to make the area less attractive and take even more of our valuable green space (ideal for recreational use) away. I hope that Mr Smith gets the support he needs to get this idea quashed. Ozzie
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9:13am Fri 23 Nov 12

wellnow says...

one word "pickles"
one word "pickles" wellnow
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11:30am Fri 23 Nov 12

totallyfootball says...

Plenty of other places to build and why is it always football/recreation areas that get built on, anyone remember the Royal London sports centre? If he is so keen to do something in that area there is a bomb/car site up the road that needs sprucing up for starters?
Plenty of other places to build and why is it always football/recreation areas that get built on, anyone remember the Royal London sports centre? If he is so keen to do something in that area there is a bomb/car site up the road that needs sprucing up for starters? totallyfootball
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12:59pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Another Point of View says...

Come on folks, he says “This is the best thing for the community”.

Who are we to disbelieve him or are insinuating that this in fact the best thing for his pocket?
Come on folks, he says “This is the best thing for the community”. Who are we to disbelieve him or are insinuating that this in fact the best thing for his pocket? Another Point of View
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