Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting GAZETTE NEWS to 80360, or email
Experts have doubts over Buntings' heritage centre plans
2:37pm Friday 11th January 2013 in News
PLANNING experts hired by Colchester Council to look at plans for a heritage centre at Horkesley Park hae raised doubts of the centre's viability.
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 a number of criteria are met.
Serious concerns have been raised by each of them.
However, in response, Bunting and Sons, which is applying to Colchester Council for permission for the centre, claims some of the findings are flawed.
Bunting and Sons want to create a centre in Horkesley Park dedicated to a celebration of the English countryside on 117 acres of land.
Colchester Council's planning committee will decide on the application on Thursday.