Factory developers drop commercial plans in revised proposals

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DEVELOPERS have submitted revised plans to build on the site of a former factory.

London-based Lands Improvement Company had initially planned to include shops in the development on the former Betts factory site, in Ipswich Road, Colchester.

But fresh plans show all commercial elements have been withdrawn, and instead an increased number of car parking spaces for residents has been included.

The changes have been welcomed by Bob Dunston, chairman of the St John’s Residents’ Association.

“The residents are very much happy with the proposed changes,” he said.

“It shows the developers have listened and amended their plans accordingly.”

Paul Smith, borough councillor for St Johns, added: “Removing the commercial element will be widely welcomed.

“It was something people were against from the start.”

The company plans to build 201 homes on the site, which lies part in Colchester and part in Tendring.

Land in Colchester will be used to build up to 128 homes while there will be 73 in Tendring.

The plans also propose a 65-bedroom residential care home, which will either front or back onto Ipswich Road.

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