A BATTLE Royal has been pitched into the virtues - or otherwise - of the controversial Horkesley Park development.

Three reports have been commissioned by Colchester Council into the Stour Valley Visitor Centre in addition to a planning policy document.

One of the reports recommends the council supports the development on 117 acres of land but only as long as certain criteria are met.

Serious concerns about the centre's viability have been raised by each of them.

However, the developers, Buntings and Sons, challenge the reports saying information used in them is flawed.

For more on this story, see today's Gazette.